Dr. Mike Morey is a nylon string/electric guitarist, composer, improviser, and musicologist whose distinctive style has developed from a unique synthesis of classical, rock, and jazz/fusion music. His exploration of composition began under the direction of Blaise Ferrandino, followed by studies in counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration. His primary guitar teachers have included Chris Carrington, Robert Guthrie, Tom Burchill, Dušan Bogdanović, and Paulo Bellinati. Mike holds a DMA from the University of North Texas and is now currently completing his PhD dissertation for a second doctorate in the field of historical musicology under American Music specialist, Mark McKnight.
Mike has performed concerts in several cities throughout the United States, Brazil, Spain, and China. He has composed over 30 concert works for multiple instruments in a variety of mediums, which can be heard on 4 commercially released CDs, Bridging the Gap (2008), Paraty (2013), and Modes of Persuasion (Feb 2014), and Speak ‘n Easy (2015) which feature him as the soloist along with performances from members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Dr. Morey is completing a new recording entitled Uneven Surfaces (Innova Records, expected release, spring 2016), which features all original compositions written for him by new American composers. He is also an instructor for the Dangerous Guitar website, which features his "classical concept series" alongside lessons by electric guitar legends such as George Lynch, Tony Macalpine, Billy Sheehan, and Clint Strong. Mike has also completed a draft for his first book, which teaches various improvisation procedures for the solo nylon string guitar.
As a musicologist, Mike has presented papers at several conferences throughout the country. His current research focuses on building new methodological frameworks for interpreting meaning, manner, and motive in musical borrowing procedures of 20th century music. Other scholarly interests include Bach studies, ritual in Capoeira, narrativity studies, and the American historiography of Brazilian music.