Mike Outram is one of the UK’s foremost guitarists who is sought after as an improviser and for his ability to contribute a unique voice to any musical ensemble. He has toured internationally, appeared on over a hundred CDs for Universal, Sony, Candid, Blue Note records and others.
He has a vast experience of working in varied, challenging and interesting settings. Some highlights include: A televised Prom from The Royal Albert Hall with The Aurora Orchestra, a 200-piece children’s choir and the cast of the TV show Horrible Histories; coaching and recording with Vanessa Redgrave for the upcoming film ‘Song for Marion’; international concerts with Chick Corea saxophonist Tim Garland; recording for Steven Wilson on his Insurgentes album alongside Jordan Rudess, Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison; playing classical guitar with string quartet to film at the Sao Paulo Film Festival, Brazil; recording with Danish drummer and composer Sebastiaan Cornellisen and John McLaughlin bassist Hadrian Feraud; recording Laura Rossi’s film soundtrack to ‘The Firm‘; playing swanee whistle in a tribute to Clangers creator Oliver Postgate; playing on Theo Travis’s ambient/progressive rock album with Robert Fripp and subsequent UK tour; a European tour with soul-funk legend Carleen Anderson; a completely improvised recording with bass-player Steve Lawson; concerts in South Africa with Herbie Mann; sessions with Photek and the Cinematic Orchestra, producing a comedy geek-metal band — The Banzai Buddy Band; a tour of Japan with TALC; performances and workshops all over the UK with Children’s Poet Laureate Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra, and recording Harvey Brough’s large-scale work Requiem with Clare College Choir.
He works regularly in these UK based ensembles: Martin Speake Group, which explores contemporary jazz, Indian carnatic-influenced music and free improvised music; Asaf Sirkis’ Messiaen-meets-Prog group; Issie Barratt’s contemporary Big Band; Pop/country singer-songwriter Rebecca Hollweg; The Tony Woods Project, Gareth Lockrane, Dylan Howe, Tim Whitehead, Karen Street, Jacqui Dankworth, Dave O’Higgins, London Horns.
In addition to performing, Mike is a professor at the Academy. He has also taught at Middlesex University, London College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Purcell School, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is on the faculty for the Jamey Aebersold Summer School in the UK, and has directed group workshops on improvisation, performance and composition, as well as numerous guitar-specific workshops and clinics internationally. He also penned a monthly tuition column in Guitarist Magazine for 3 years.