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FACULTY & STAFF

Michael Vargas
Musician and Lecturer

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Mike Vargas works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. He began playing music in 1959. Since then, his curiosity has led him through many contexts, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to underground clubs in New York, from the Kennedy Center to cancer wards, from Grimm’s fairy tales to Playback Theater.

In addition to his ongoing pure music work, Mike started specializing in music for dance in 1978, and since then has composed well over 100 commissioned dance scores. He has taught people of all ages about music and improvisation—privately, in colleges and universities, and in public schools. He has also worked extensively as an accompanist, improvising music for many styles of dance.

For the past 13 years, Mike has also been working closely with Nancy Stark Smith, teaching and performing in workshops and festivals around the world. In 2003, he published an article on composition in Contact Quarterly, entitled “Looking at Composition is Like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge—86 Aspects of Composition.” He has released nine CDs of his music, available online at many websites, including cdbaby.com and iTunes. His website is www.mikevargas.net.