"a talent that demands to be heard" - The Irish Times
Regarded as the most important and influential musician on the Irish jazz scene, saxophonist / flautist and composer Michael Buckley has been playing professionally since the age of six when critics hailed him as a child prodigy. Born in Dublin city in 1971 Michael first came to prominence on an International level when, aged 10, he played flute with the legendary saxophonist George Coleman in the National Concert Hall. Though largely self-taught, his obvious talent has beendeveloped by his father Dick Buckley, and such legends as Milt Hinton. Buckley has found his ownunique voice playing both on saxophone and flute.
The last two years alone 2012 Buckley has been collaborating with the world jazz Orchestra where michael was representing Ireland, also the Edinburgh jazz festival Orchestra (led by Tim Hagans) also small group tours and concerts with Dave Liebman , John Abercrombie, Joey Baron , Jason Rebello,Nils Wolgram , Tom Rainey , Chander Sardjoe , to name but a few.
Now in his early 40s, Buckley is rapidly becoming the most important producer of his generation, with countless albums from jazz to traditional to hip hop Michael is making a name for him self internationally as a producer and engineer.
Buckley has also performed and toured in recent years with The Mingus Big Band, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Edward Simon, Pete King, Badal Roy, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Grant Stewart, Ingrid Jensen, Guy Barker, Greg Burk, Damon Brown, Kevin Dean, Florian Ross, soloist with the BBC big band, Albert Sanz, and Gerard Presencer among others. As well as frequent radio spots, Michael has made numerous television appearances, regularly works on film and television scores and recently collaborated on recordings with Donovan, the Cranberrys, The Coors,Jerry Lee Louis, Johnny Mattis ,also This year michael has been playing and touring with Glen Hansard as Michael is also renowned as the top session player and arranger in his field.
This year michael is about to release his new project on CD, a studio album he wrote produced and recorded in his private studio ,this will be a compilation of on going recording and writing over the last 5 years,
Michael recorded with out doubt his best work to date. Released on the Spanish label (Urban Beauty) The long awaited release of this latest CD “the tourist” featuring an impressive line up including Edward Simon (piano) Stephen Keogh (drums) and Jeremy Brown (bass)is also a working band throughout England and Europe .A rich and diverse collection of original music is what makes this recording most impressive.
Buckley's growing maturity as a jazz musician of international stature is confirmed in this superb release. Ray Comiskey " The Irish Times *****
“The creativity and internationality of Michael Buckleys music will reach around the world, bringing him and his music into prominence within the ever growing jazz community. Benny Golson”