mike vaccaro

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I have been fortunate to be employed as a professional musician since 1967, doing much of the best work in the music business (and of course some of the worst). I have made my living mostly as a commercial musician in the recording studios, Broadway show pits, and various classical settings.

Though I play clarinet, sax, flute, and oboe, I started on the clarinet and it has been the centerpiece of my classical work. My first professional classical job was playing 2nd clarinet in the Las Vegas Symphony, and 1st clarinet with the Las Vegas Chamber players, a modern music group.

I have performed with the chamber ensemble "MUSIQE" for 10 years and recorded my first record/CD called CAPRICE and is available on this site.

"MUSIQE" traveled with the Columbia Artists Community Concert Series (now defunct), in addition to concerts on the west coast of the United States. "MUSIQE" also performed several live concerts broadcast on Classical KFAC-FM over the years. Musique was my first recording of music included in my personal recording repertoire.

I was also fortunate to spend 10 years with the Long Beach Opera. This ensemble performed everything from Strauss to the most contemporary Operas available.

During this time, in addition to my commercial work I was an added musician with many of the orchestras in the LA area. I also had the opportunity to record with the Ralph Gary Sax quartet, and for John Scott’s The Wind and the Willows, and with Masatoshi Mitsumoto on the Stravinsky Octet.

A recent CD entitled A WHISPER, A SIGH, A DREAM, is for clarinet and piano and features 3 new additions to the clarinet literature, a piece by Astor Piazzola, an unaccompanied piece by Koechlin, and the Nino Rota clarinet sonata.

My second CD, JOURNEYMAN, was written by various composers in the LA area, who I asked to write what they think I do in music. The result is a glorious eclectic mix of music.

I have also recorded a jazz album entitled A Dué. While based in jazz, it is chamber music in essence, as it is being performed in the setting of only piano and sax.

All my recordings are available on this site, and some are available at outlets like iTunes, Amazon. And other electronic outlets, After many years in the professional arena I have retired from performing full time and have taken an interest in making clarinet mouthpieces, barrels, and bells. A natural outgrowth of this experience is the creation of the AV Prestige Clarinet, with Rheuben Allen.

After many years in the professional arena I have semi –retired from performing full time and have taken an interest in making clarinet mouthpieces, barrels, and bells. A natural outgrowth of this experience is the creation  of the AV Prestige Clarinet, with Rheuben Allen.

My newest CD, entitled Melodies, is considered Adult Contemporary (a first for me) and features 2 wonderful singers, a great little chamber band, and myself on woodwinds. I am sure you will find one of your favorite tunes from the 40’s – 90’s on this double CD set.

My videos are available on youtube.com by entering "mike vaccaro" in the search box. They are also available at www.MikeVaccaro.Com.

ADC (Anima Del Cuore) Recordings will be the new permanent home of all past and future recordings.