Mike Mower works as a composer, mainly writing newly commissioned works. His music is published by Itchy Fingers Publications for which he has also written a series of very successful books of educational standard music. Mike also works as an arranger for commercial music in a wide range of styles and combinations.
Mike originally studied classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was later awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music). He also plays the saxophone and clarinet, and has led numerous Jazz ensembles, playing his compositions, from quartet to big band. In 1995 Mike founded and led Itchy Fingers, the internationally renowned jazz saxophone quartet which toured the world until disbanding in 1997.
As a freelance musician, Mike has played and recorded with jazz, rock and classical artists as diverse as Gil Evans, Tina Turner, Paul Weller, Bjork, James Galway and Ryuchi Sakamoto.
Mike’s playing and writing careers have always run side by side. As a composer and arranger, he has written for numerous European Big Bands including the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, NDR Radio Big Band and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Individual artists such as James Galway, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim and the Safri Duo have commissioned works from Mike as well as numerous ensembles from saxophone quartets to string quartets. He has arranged orchestral pop scores for styles as diverse as for "Boy Bands", MOR covers, and for Eurovision Song Contest.
Mike has edited and mastered dozens of CDs for artists from his London studio as well as producing records for both classical and jazz ensembles. He has recently produced two albums for James Galway, Tango Del Fuego and Unbreak My Heart using his compositions and arrangements. He frequently performs and demonstrates his music at colleges, universities and music conventions worldwide in association with Boosey & Hawkes, who distribute Itchy Fingers Publications.