Composer Michael Wheeler has written scores for commercials as well as amateur film. In May of 2009 his “Adagio for Erhu and Chamber Ensemble” was premiered at Edinburgh University in Scotland, featuring the Erhu virtuoso Peng Yeuquang. He is also a regular contributor to HowCast Media videos and has music featured in the motion picture “Dirty Step Upstage.”
Wheeler is also very well versed in PC related music software such as Sonar, Reason, Kontakt, Sony, Vocaloid and Finale programs. As an author on musical subjects, he also maintains two blogsites; “Tools for Learning Music,” and “Pondering Music from a Global Perspective.”
Wheeler also hosts a YouTube channel which details diverse information such as instrument purchasing, methods for self-study and advice for college music students. But what we’re really interested in here, is Michael Wheeler the composer and performer, aka Misha Kolesoski.
Misha Kolesoski has recently released the post-modern, genre-bending and sublimely brilliant album, “A Series of Irrelevant Couplets”. From the opening bars of “You Can’t Set Wet Leaves on Fire” to the abrupt closing “A Dream ( feat. Celeste Thomas)” there isn’t a moment on this collection of songs, where you don’t wonder whose album this is, as Kolesoski searches, experiments and executes a plethora of sounds, rhythms and atmospheres.
At times you will think of Enya, then maybe Sigur Ros, or even Bjork. At others you will ponder on Missy Elliot, Mos Def or the sublime beats of J Dilla. Then again, if you have a quaint pair of ears you may almost certainly capture the distant influences of Ravel or Handel.
But “A Series of Irrelevant Couplets” isn’t a rebuild of other influences; nor is it a retread of past glories. This is an album showing an artist, as a purveyor of the past and inventor of the future. It’s the sound of creative synths, strings and beats, mixed with beautiful singing voices and at times the eloquently spoken word; creating an immense sense of motion. The album seems to be going somewhere…anywhere, almost everywhere… and we’re travelling with it. Sometimes we’re moving quickly other times more slowly, but we’re always moving.
Misha Kolesoski has the unique ability to turn simple electronic tones into almost, neo-classical sounding, ambient masterpieces. He challenges and pushes the envelope of what can be done within the world of multi-layered, electronically reproduced sound. What you do get from this project is one those rare moments when someone else’s music not only enhances the perceptiveness of your own musical mind but also allows you to fully explore it
Kolesoski is one of those rare gems of complete originality that exists in the music world today. His music is as emotive as it is colorful and spirited, even appealing to those that would not normally listen to electronic music.
I could mention a number of standout tracks among the 14 presented here, but each of the ‘irrelevant couplets’, have a distinct sense and quality unto itself. More remarkable instead are the performances which so splendidly accompany Kolesoski’s flamboyant arrangements; the hip urban sounds of Omni, Jayy Starr, and Mr. Pacer, as well as the soulful and ethereal vocals of Élan Noelle and Mariel, together with the spoken word of Celeste Thomas.
A visionary work, “A Series of Irrelevant Couplets” is an inspiring album, which will change the way you perceive electronically induced music. This is a very unique recording. Unlike anything else there is right now. And that’s reason enough to check it out. Misha Kolesoski’s musical vision is very clear and hardly as ‘irrelevant’ as the title would want us to believe!