During the eventful years between 1968 and 1972, he drummed with guitarist Chuck Hughes and keyboardist Eddie Sears. In ’73, Michael and his wife moved to Boston. There, after being a frequent guest in the Berklee College of Music rehearsal rooms he met bassist John Neves. John introduced him to the legendary drummer, Alan Dawson, and soon Michael began drum kit studies with Alan at his home in Lexington.
Frequenting New York City, he met and played briefly in a band fronted by Omar Mesa. Michael developed an abiding love and appreciation of Indian Classical music and started a two year course of study with tabla virtuoso, Shashi Nayak in his home in Allston, Massachusetts.
Later he participated in the formation of a progressive rock group in Arlington, MA., and was introduced to the engineering and recording side of things by guitarist Dave Rizzuti. Michael’s apparent skill and interest grew into his creation of Expanding Sky Music where he began producing, composing, and recording original pieces for various clients in the Boston area from his home studio in Acton, Massachusetts. Michael’s first CD of original compositions was produced here and was a critical success, garnering nominations for best ambient album, and best new artist for 2007 from the New Age Messenger music organization. The album, “Heart of Matter” received a Grindle Award from RadioIndy for audio quality.