About Me

About Me

My name is Michael Lee. I play keyboards. I also write music, do some arranging, some string orchestrations, I’ve produced a few albums, and I am a technical consultant for Apple’s Logic software. Like everyone else in this town, I do a little of everything. But mostly, I play keyboards....
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Credits

Credits

Credits Include TV & Film Hidalgo (keyboards, vocals on ending credits song) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (live keyboards) The Late Show with David Letterman (live keyboards) The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborne (live keyboards) The Blockbuster Music Awards (house band, keyboards) The Prism Awards (house band, keyboards)...
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Compositions

Compositions

I write music for choir, orchestra, and electronic instruments. I’ve had the chance to conduct my works for the American Choral Director’s Association, and for the LA Composer’s Workshop. To listen to some recently composed works, click below.
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Latest entries
Immediate Music

Immediate Music

Meet the Musicians Behind (almost) Every Movie Trailer Score Daily Beast did a write up on the guys I spent some time working with last fall on the “Neighbors” trailer. You can see the trailer in the article- the acapella at the top of the Seth Rogan video is what I arranged and conducted for...
The Magi Ride Eastward

The Magi Ride Eastward

I was asked to write a piece for the APU Symphony Orchestra this year. The specific request was to write something “with some fire.” I started playing with the idea of the Magi returning home, which Mathew sums up with the tantalizing brief line, “And having been warned in a dream not to go back...
Rocking the MGM Grand

Rocking the MGM Grand

Two big corporate events these past two weeks, one for Farmer’s Insurance in the Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was a huge crowd, and once again the outstanding event production by Go West Creative blew the roof off. This was my first road test of Mainstage 3, and so far I’ve...
Film Trailer: Neighbors

Film Trailer: Neighbors

Just wrapped up a very busy week of composing film trailer music for the upcoming release “Neighbors” with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. It was a challenging piece of arranging! 10 voices doing an acapella vocal jazz arrangement of “Do You Know The People In Your Neighborhood.” Thanks to some outstanding vocal talent (LA session...
To the Opera!

To the Opera!

In 1990, Judith Weir was commissioned to write a new work for the Scottish Opera company. The work she composed was “The Vanishing Bridegroom,” a haunting work that weaves together 3 old Scottish folktales into a story of love, betrayal, death, virtue, and just a touch of magic. The score is beautiful and complex, and...
Dance Moms, "Lean In"

Dance Moms, “Lean In”

Check out this week’s episode of “Dance Moms” on Lifetime. A song I played piano on for this video about fighting cancer was placed in the episode. Written and recorded by Chad Reisser of The Dailies, this song is still one of my favorites.
Excedrin Tango

Excedrin Tango

Working on an ad campaign for Excedrin. I’ll post the final video once they release it, but for now here’s a peak at the music. It’s a fun spot, kind of a melodrama meets Disney Princess sound. I discovered in working on the cue that it’s really hard to try to capture that Disney Princess...
O Holy Night

O Holy Night

This is a commissioned arrangement of “O Holy Night” for solo soprano, men’s chorus, and orchestra. It was premiered by Melanie Galloway, along with the Azusa Pacific University Men’s Chorale and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harold Clousing at their 2012 Celebrate Christmas concert. It was a privilege to get to work with such great young...
Christmas Time is Here!

Christmas Time is Here!

The busy season is upon us! Had the chance to sing last night as part of a choir for Michael W. Smith. His Christmas albums were such a mainstay in my college years, it was a blast to get to perform them. Great orchestra, and thank you to Transparent Productions, who consistently deliver the best...
Sync Sibelius and Logic Pro

Sync Sibelius and Logic Pro

One of my favorite work methods is to sync Sibelius and Logic Pro together using rewire, so that hitting play in one automatically syncs up playback in the other. This allows you to use Logic as the production platform and Sibelius as the notation platform for the same project. The tutorial linked below takes you...
Extended Stay America - Rebranding Campaign

Extended Stay America – Rebranding Campaign

Finished up a cue for Extended Stay America. They’re bringing together multiple different brands under the same name and logo, and launched a new ad campaign, along with a bunch of internal media to inform people of the new rebranding. They wanted an extended cue that was “Corporate Rock,” something that cranks up the energy...
Apogee Duet 2

Apogee Duet 2

Playing for a corporate convention this week in San Antonio. I left the rolling rack at home this time, and I’m running the whole show on a laptop rig through the Apogee Duet 2. So far, I’m loving the sound of this thing. I can mix down the signal from the Nord Stage 2, and...