Mike Anklewicz is a versatile musician who performs, composes, arranges, and teaches in many different areas of music, ranging from classical to jazz to klezmer to the avant-garde. He has recorded and performed with distinguished artists in all of these genres. Mike leads KlezFactor, a "klezmer-fusion" band that plays both traditional and original compositions fusing Eastern European Jewish folk music with jazz, rock and classical musical techniques.

KlezFactor has garnered international acclaim for their two albums. "Klezmachine", the band's most recent CD, has topped university radio charts in Ontario, and has also been played in Canada, the US, Argentina, France, Portugal, Spain and Russia. Mike can be heard on Prague-based band Eggnoise's latest album, Yolk, and can also be heard on Ondřej Galuška's solo album, O.G. and the Odd Gifts, released in the Czech Republic.

Mike has returned to Toronto after spending a year in Berlin, Germany, playing with some of the best musicians in the city with a Berlin-based version of KlezFactor as well as in klezmer, jazz, rock and contemporary music milieus.

As an active free-lancer in Toronto, Mike has performed in some of Toronto's top venues including Massey Hall, The Rex, and Harbourfront Centre.

Mike has been on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music as their saxophone instructor since 2005. Lessons can be arranged through their website, www.rcmusic.ca.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, where he studied composition and saxophone performance. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts in saxophone performance. He has most recently completed his PhD in Ethnomusicology from York University in Toronto, Canada with a dissertation entitled Musical Hybridities and the Klezmer Revival. In 2013, he had an article published in the scholarly journal, MUSICultures, entitled "Extending the Tradition: KlezKanada, Klezmer Tradition, and Hybridity."

To find out more about Mike Anklewicz as a teacher, performer or composer/arranger, please email mike@mikeanklewicz.com