is a faculty member at Bates College, Michael performs regularly with some of the best jazz musicians in Maine and New Hampshire. Michael graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Piano Performance (Jazz Concentration), from the University of Southern Maine, where he was named Presser Scholar. He studied with many acclaimed musicians including Thomas Snow, Laura Kargul, Ben Waltzer, and Vardan Ovsepian.
Michael plays at Blue once a Month with either:
Bedlam & Eunoia
This ensemble explores Beling's compositions in a chamber jazz setting, inspired by world, film score and impressionist music. His music defies narrow definitions of style— it can be emotionally intimate, cinematic, or outright manic, but is always easy on the eyes. The Middle Eastern rhythms of Eric LaPerna and beautiful clarinet work of Barry Saunders feature prominently.
Michael Beling- Piano and Bass Pedals
Barry Saunders- Clarinet and Soprano Sax
Eric LaPerna- Hand Percussion
Jazz-funk and hard bop with some rock influence. From the Irreverently joyful to the serious, the sensibilities of the blues always shine through. Originals and re-imagined pieces from Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and more. Lively and rollicking.
Michael Beling- organ, electric piano, and bass pedals
Barry Saunders- woodwinds
Gary Gemmiti- drums