background image


Michael draws on 25+ years as a performer in a wide variety of events and a full range of venues to tailor a great musical experience for you. With a vast repertoire of tunes from Jazz, Pop, Classical, Folk, Broadway, European and Ethnic musics (and the experience and skill to deliver it in an appropriate way) Michael looks forward to working with you to create music perfectly suited to your event.

For bookings you can contact Michael directly by phone at 415.987.9242 or by email at mzisman@gmail.com.

Here are some of the types of performances Michael and his ensemble provide:
    • Concerts and Presentations: Using unique arrangements and approaches, Michael and his group can present your audience with "Old Wine in a New Bottle"; they will play the songs your audience will recognize and love to hear in new and exciting ways. Michael is also a trained educator and speaker and can give presentations about the music before or after the concert.

    • Corporate events: Michael knows full well that not all occasions are "feature performances". When playing "background" music, he and his group know how to set the right mood at the right volume level and intensity to enhance the experience of your clients, guests and employees at your corporate event

    • Parties/Special Events: Whether "featured" or "background" or a little bit of both, you can rely on Michael and his ensemble to play just the right music—tunes that your guests will recognize and enjoy listening to and which help to create a wonderful ambiance.

    • Nightclubs: If your crowd is into acoustic music Michael and his group can give them something to listen to! He can also draw his own enthusiastic, established audience to your venue (see the Americano Social Club page), helping you put "butts in your seats" and exposing your venue to a diverse group of new patrons. Give him a call for the details.

    • Themed Events: Michael and his group often play events with themes such as "A night in Italia" or "An evening at a Paris café." He and his ensemble can select music from their extensive repertoire of songs to evoke an era and set the mood at your themed event. Give your guests a short vacation without leaving your venueノ

    • Weddings: Michael will use his years of experience to make sure the music at your wedding will be special and remembered by all. He can play your ceremonial music and will honor your personal tune requests whatever they are. As a special service he can work with you to compose a song for your special day. Please call for details.

Reviews from clients:
    • July 14, 2009 – Oracle Event: "...these guys were absolutely perfect and they were so nice. Thanks for making this so easy..."

    • Dec 3, 2010 – Wells Fargo Event: "I LOVED those guys! They were so great! They were easy going, flexible and willing to put up with my request to learn some Lady Gaga tunes".

    • Oct 10, 2010 – Wedding: "Just wanted to say thank you again (I don't think we can ever thank you enough), for playing at our wedding. Everything was chaotic up to the wedding day, but in the end, you & your band mates saved the day. Everyone is still raving about the music from our wedding (they really enjoyed the live music). So much so that they wanted your contact info. I hope it's OK that I'm sharing your information with some of my friends and co-workers from Apple, Inc."

    • Dec 2010 – from an event planner: "I will certainly contact you again about booking them and pass along referrals to the other planners I work with. They were just outstanding and I appreciate that they asked me if I wanted to include any Xmas tunes..."