background image

Significato Journal
Subscribe to our FREE E-Newsletter!
Normal Version Print Version

Mike Block - Cellist Extraordinaire

Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ Apr 29, 2010

May 7, 2010
Kimmy Sophia Brown

Yowee,it is hard to categorize cellist, singer-songwriter Mike Block! He opened a show for the Bee Eaters and dazzled the audience with his energetic and humorous style. A wiry guy with bright eyes and quick fingers, he began with some Appalachian folk tunes, a Bach piece and then, with a fine, tenor voice sang, “I’m not scared”, a complex, original song. He continued with some of his other zany compositions, such as “Have You Ever Been?” and “Concert Teeth”.

Mike BlockHetwirled his bow like a cowboy twirling a six-shooter and took us on a tour of the possibilities of sounds that can come from a cello. Zings, slides, rub-a-dubs, pluckings and sawings and finger tap dancing all over the neck. Really, it was hard to fathom how he could keep his fingers going, juxtaposed like scaffolding, and then sing a tune over the whole thing.

Heperformed a medley of gorgeous Arabic folk tunes and did a cover of Fats Waller’s “Aint Misbehavin’”, making a funny horn sound by blowing his lips.

Mikewas educated at Julliard and has played with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio. Holy sheep gut Mike, you’re a genius! Many blessings to you and your fingers, you have a long, successful career ahead of you!

Youcan hear Mike at

Findout more about him at

For music lovers visiting Portland, Maine, I highly recommend
One Longfellow Square ~ "Portland's Premier Arts Venue"
Check them out at

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

Did you like what you read?

If so, leave a Tip, below, and join the ranks of our Renaissance Patrons!
>> Read More about becoming a Renaissance Patron


Select Amount on the Next Page

Recurring Patron

Select a Monthly Amount from the
DropDown List Below

Recurring Patron Levels

(Comments are moderated and must be approved.)
comments powered by Disqus

More Headlines of Interest

“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.
Feel good about life and feed your soul some vittles...
from the columns and essays of Significato.
Transport your soul...
by curling up with a short story or poem.
Increase your bliss and nourish your soul...
with tidbits on nature, music, books, films, health and writings from bygone days.
Feel good about life...
Become a Significato Journal Renaissance Patron
Help end child hunger