Thermal Romantic Jazz, Music from the Edge of Passion. Smooth, yet Intense instrumentals rich with New Age textures. Ground-breaking instrumentalist and self-taught keyboard wizard, Michael has established a unique Multi-genre style combining elements of Jazz,New Age,Fusion and Rock, Michael has developed this tasteful mixture into smooth but powerfully composed musical Soundscapes. Calling his musical style "Thermal Romantic", the overall presence is a warm rhythmic feel, complimented with nice Grand Piano and well done Lead Synth emphasis. Each piece evolves & transcends through counter-melodic changes and lush passages while maintaining a nice groove and drive. While Michael Lee's Hard Rock background influences the up-front Drums and strong Bass foundations, another stand-out is his crafted use of fragile percussives. Adventurous and fresh, these expressive compositions have a soft edge that cuts through. Sometimes a slow Jazz funk and sometimes a delicate glide through a haunting dream. Michael Lee's vast experience with soundtrack production has helped develop his mastery of complex New Age textures.
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Well known in the New Age genre, Michael is now recognized in the Instrumental Jazz arena. During the time between his initial CD releases, Michael worked long and hard developing a more Smooth Jazz/Jazz Fusion based form of music. Introducing the new style in 1999 with the release of 'J' & 'Project 7:Area 51', both albums were a departure from the more ethereal early CDs. With the release of 'Outlaws In Babylon' in August 2000, 'Predicting History' in January 2001 and 'Project 7: Tau Ceti 4' in June 2001, Michael Lee has further defined the style of music he calls 'Thermal Romantic'. A tasteful blend of Jazz/New Age/Fusion and elements of Rock. Music from the Edge of Passion. Originally and still a Hard Rock drummer, Michael Lee also plays Keyboards, Bass, Guitar & Percussives. An experienced producer & engineer, he is currently involved with several production side projects as well as numerous Soundtrack/Media assignments. In 1981 he founded Darksilver Records America and Realdream Productions. Then, in 1986, he established Darksilver Music (BMI), the in-house music publishing company for Darksilver. Constantly composing and refining his craft, Michael Lee currently has a digital catalog of over 950 songs. Between Fall 2002 and 2010, Michael Lee released an additional Nine Albums bringing his disc total to Seventeen. In 2013, Darksilver Records and Michael Lee Thomas will release a "Best Of" Two Volume, Two disc set entitled 'Thermal Romantic Blend' Volumes 1 & 2. The discs will 'contain 32 previously released MLT cuts with Volume 1, featuring 16 songs to debut in May 2013 and Volume 2, also containing 16 prime cuts to be released in November 2013. The Eighteenth CD, 'Sometime Next Future', is scheduled for release sometime in 2014. Also featured on Soundclick.com, Three major side projects: THRILL ELEMENT, with Nine Albums featuring a New Age/Soundscape style; GRAVITY QUIET, with Three Albums featuring Ambient/Soundscape and TOM SLAYTON EFFECT, with Two Albums featuring an Electro-Organic groove. Michael Lee is also the Drummer for Rock Artist 'Gary Ray Grice' and the Progressive Hard Rock group 'Just Past Tomorrow'. Both Groups are based out of Texas. Visit www.darksilver.com for more info and details
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'Fresh Out Of Nowhere' (1989); 'Voyager: Grand Tour Suite' (1990); 'Sleeper' (1990); 'J' (1999); 'Project 7: Area 51' (1999); 'Outlaws In Babylon' (2000); 'Predicting History' (2001); 'Project 7: Tau Ceti 4' (2001); 'Witches And Old Maids-East' (2002); 'Witches And Old Maids-West' (2002); 'Witches & Old Maids-North' (2003); 'Witches & Old Maids-South' (2003); 'Symptoms Of Reason' (2006); 'Evidence Of Memories' (2007); 'Project 7: Infinite Tomorrow' (2008); 'Home Away From Time' (2009); 'Resting Vertical' (2010); 'Thermal Romantic Blend' Vol. 1 (2013); 'Thermal Romantic Blend' Vol. 2 (2013) ; 'Sometime Next Future' (2014)
Michael Lee Thomas (2013)
'Sometime Next Future' Cover Art (2014)
'Thermal Romantic Blend' Volume 2 (2013)
'Thermal Romantic Blend' Volume 1 (2013)
'Resting Vertical' Cover Art (2010)