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 is involved in a number of projects. His longest-running project is KlezFactor, a critically-acclaimed fusion of traditional Eastern-European Jewish music with jazz, rock, Balkan, Middle-Eastern and other influences. KlezFactor has performed internationally acclaim for their three albums, including their most recent recording Europa, released in 2016. KlezFactor's music has been heard on the radio in Canada, the US, Argentina, France, Portugal, Spain and Russia and on television in Canada, the Czech Republic and Israel.

Mike is also the co-artistic director of Ensemble Topaz, a music and dance group which focuses on music of Turkey, Central Asia and the Middle-East. Ensemble Topaz has performed at a number of venues in the Toronto area including the Canadian National Exhibition's International Stage and has put on outreach programs as part of Ontario Culture Days at the Annette Street branch of the Toronto Public Library.

Mike can be heard on Prague-based band Eggnoise's album, Yolk, and can also be heard on Ondřej Galuška's upcoming solo album, O.G. and the Odd Gifts. He will be releasing his first recording with the Mike Anklewicz Klezmer Trio, entitled The Rabbi's Blessing, in 2017.

Based in Toronto, Mike has performed at some of the top venues in Toronto including Massey Hall, The Rex Jazz Club and Harbourfront Centre. Mike has also performed in venues in the United States, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Germany.

Mike completed his Bachelor of Music degree from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, where he studied composition and saxophone performance in 1999 and completed his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts in saxophone performance in 2003. In 2013 Mike finished his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at York University in Toronto, writing his dissertation, entitled "Musical Hybridities and the Klezmer Revival" under the supervision of Dr. Louise Wrazen.

Anklewicz is active as a music educator, serving as the Saxophone Instructor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto since 2005.



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