Biography

Check out all the groups Michael G. Ronstadt plays with below...

Michael G. Ronstadt: Cello/Guitar/Voice
Ronstadt Generations: Tucson Roots & Americana
Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt: A Slightly Quirky Folk Duo
Trotta, Ronstadt, & Dalton: Indie Folk-Rock
Serenity Fisher & The Cardboard Hearts: Tim-Burtonesque Indie-Dream Pop
Serenity Fisher & Michael G. Ronstadt: Tim Burtonesque Indie-Folk Duo

MICHAEL G. RONSTADT: CELLO/GUITAR/VOICE

"An exceptional musician-composer, Ronstadt creates a masterful canvas with genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics"(Stephanie P. Ledgin, Author, Discovering Folk Music 2011).

For two decades, Michael G. (Michael J.’s oldest son) has entertained audiences throughout North America on cello, guitar and voice. An exceptional musician-composer conversant with a wide range of styles, he not only executes captivating solo performances, but participates regularly in duo and trio situations with a diverse camp of young, innovative musician-songwriters including Lisa Biales, Serenity Fisher and David Trotta. As a core member of Ronstadt Generations, Michael G. displays genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics. To say his originals are unusual is an understatement. They set the bar at Olympian heights in their depth and breadth.

Michael G. is a much sought-after studio musician who has appeared on more than 150 albums in the last 15 years. He holds both a Master and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and studied under esteemed pedagogues Yehuda Hanani, Nancy Green and Dr. Gordon Epperson.

An exceptional musician-composer conversant with a wide range of styles, he not only executes captivating solo performances, but participates regularly in duo and trio situations with a diverse camp of young, innovative musician-songwriters including Lisa Biales, Serenity Fisher and David Trotta. His versatile talents have been tapped for concert and studio work by such artists as David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Muriel Anderson and Craig Bickhardt.

RONSTADT GENERATIONS:
TUCSON ROOTS & AMERICANA

PETIE RONSTADT - Guitar/Banjo/Tuba/Voice
MICHAEL G. RONSTADT - Cello/Voice
ALEX FLORES - Saxophone/Voice
SAM EAGON - Upright Bass
AARON EMERY - Drums/Percussion

“As you listen to the music passed down through the generations as well as new compositions, flavored with the rich history of our musical heritage, we hope that it will leave you with a desire from within, to explore your own history of family, songs and stories so that these treasures will continue to live on from generation to generation...” —Michael J. Ronstadt

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions with Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

In 2012 three veteran musicians – Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery – came on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums, respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation that respects tradition while exploring innovation.

AARON NATHANS & MICHAEL G. RONSTADT:
A SLIGHTLY QUIRKY FOLK DUO

AARON NATHANS - Guitar/Voice
MICHAEL G. RONSTADT - Cello/Voice

“Crooked Fiddle” represents a meeting of the musical minds: A virtuoso cellist who hails from musical royalty joins forces with a songwriting craftsman to create a unique, sparse but powerful album that has increasingly gathered airplay and critical acclaim.

Michael Ronstadt, who plays cello, guitar and mandolin, carries on his family’s eclectic music tradition, performing more than 200 nights a year with various projects, including acoustic trio The Ronstadt Generations with his father and brother. He’s also a songwriter, known for mind-bending, wildly creative tunes.

Aaron Nathans, with his brilliant, off-kilter view of the world, adds humorous set-ups in his live shows that are as captivating as his beautiful guitar work, catchy melodies and sweet baritone voice. His work was honored in 2011 as a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, a distinction shared by Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin.

“We think Aaron’s journalistic storytelling skills paired with Michael’s unique instrumental (and songwriting) chops will continue to spin gold for as long as they choose to work together — a lengthy time, we hope!”(Richard Cuccaro, 2015).

“Nathans and Ronstadt are cashmere. Music you would want to get closer to and not be overwhelmed by. The well-thought-out approaches here are smooth with poignant tales filled with sincerity. Like many Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits songs, these tunes can linger in your ears and follow you into bed where you will be looking up at the ceiling with your eyes closed in the dark and the melodies still partying into your sleep.” – John Apice, No Depression review

“This is an engaging, warm and intimate collaboration between songwriter Aaron Nathans and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael G. Ronstadt... Throughout the songs are stirring and they leave you thinking. A thoroughly satisfying and stimulating effort.” - Michael Tearson, Sing Out! Magazine review

Crooked Fiddle debuted in September 2014 to #12 on the Folk DJ charts, with the first single, “Old Joe’s Chair,” debuting at #10. It continues to garner radio airplay on multiple formats worldwide. "This new CD from Aaron Nathans and Michael G. Ronstadt, 'Crooked Fiddle,' deserves your attention. Michael and Aaron have teamed up to create a powerful work of art that I guarantee will move you." - Ron Olesko, WFDU's "Traditions."

"Crooked Fiddle" was among the favorite CD's of 2014 by DJ's Wanda Fischer (WAMC), Joe Psoneck (Radio Nowhere), John Rumsey (KVMR) and WWSP's Acoustic Revival. Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt continue to promote “Crooked Fiddle” with live performances. Please check either artist’s Web site for dates near you.

“Like hydrogen atoms when they fuse, they release tremendous energy. Musically, they come from different worlds. Aaron is a clever songwriter whose greatest strength is his wit and use of language. Michael is a conservatory trained cello virtuoso who reveals a winning playfulness when he performs… They take your mind places it has not been before.” – Gordon Nash, Wise Madness Blog

TROTTA, RONSTADT & DALTON: INDIE FOLK-ROCK

DAVID TROTTA - Guitar/Voice
MICHAEL G. RONSTADT - Cello/Voice
JAMES DALTON - Mandolin/Harmonica/Voice

Trotta & Ronstadt bring a fresh blend of rock, blues and folk to the acoustic scene, playing festivals and waking up tired coffee houses. They have released three live albums since 2011, “3.30.11” a live recording and debut release for the group; “Clown Cars and Canyons”, the follow-up album recorded both in Tucson and NYC; “Salted Butter,” live in Philadelphia at Sine and Morningstar Studios. Both David Trotta (guitar) and Michael Ronstadt (cello) are experienced solo artists, but began touring together 6 years ago. They are joined by James Dalton on harmonica, mandolin and voice, rounding out the trio. The group has played the Escape to New York Music Festival alongside Patti Smith and Edward Sharpe, the Old Capital Arts Festival three times, and toured in Nevada as well as all over the NE seaboard.

SERENITY FISHER & THE CARDBOARD HEARTS: TIM-BURTONESQUE INDIE-DREAM POP

“The glory in singer Serenity Fisher's raw and emotive voice reminds me of an early Julie Miller. Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts are a band to listen out for. They have their own unique sound that is refreshing and very powerful.”—Angela Backstrom, Americana Music Director WFHB

SERENITY FISHER - Piano/Voice
BOBBY FISHER - Guitars/Mandolin/Uke/Glockenspiel/Voice
ROSE REIDMILLER GOWDA - Violin/Voice
MICHAEL G. RONSTADT - Cello/Voice
MATT HALVORSON - Percussion/Drums

“Serenity has a unique knack for taking listeners on a surrealistic journey that stretches your mind and your heart. Her charm is sincere and encourages ‘Follow me - it's going to be fun and you'll grow as a person’ All of that and she's an adept, mature musician, songwriter and singer. There's no one like Serenity and her band matches every move - amplifying the experience and adding gas to her dream machine”—Dawn & Hawks, Texas Songwriting Duo, 2015

Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts blend playful pop-rock with a Tim Burton-esque quirkiness. A wordsmith, Serenity Fisher entices stories into becoming songs using truth-telling, highly-visual lyrics, and dreamy melodies. Fisher is a powerhouse singer whose nuanced vocals vary from bluesy belt to sultry whisper, from technical prowess to stripped down raw emotion. Her piano style is theatrical and passionate. Her music has been compared to Regina Spektor, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple.

Cellist Michael G. Ronstadt, nephew of Queen of Rock Linda Ronstadt, holds a masters degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Ronstadt brings a rich musical heritage and absolute knack for improvising up a storm.

Violinist Rose Reidmiller Gowda, a childhood friend of Fisher (her mother was Fisher’s piano teacher), also has a master’s degree from CCM. She has a flair for creative improvisation and for exploring dark and light tones.

Ronstadt and Reidmiller Gowda create a mesmerizing string section through rich tone and pure energy, displaying genre-blending explorations through a command of classical and exotic string sounds.

Bobby Fisher on guitars, mandolin and ukulele, provides tasteful ambient swirls as well as old school face melting solos. A world-renowned guitar virtuoso, Fisher got his start in Coyote, a popular country-rock band that regularly sold out legendary Cincinnati music establishment Bogart’s in the 70’s and 80’s. Most recently, his illustrious career has seen performances at Carnegie Hall and Lucas Oil Stadium for hundreds of thousands of fans. He continues to pass on his musical wizardry to daughter Serenity Fisher.

Rounding out the sound with drums and percussion is ethnomusicologist Matt Halvorson. His eclectic setup includes a vast array of instruments from Brazil, Pakistan, Peru, Morocco and Spain as well as household gadgets such as brooms and keys. A diamond in the rough, Halvorson tastefully drives the music with thoughtful dynamics and creative rhythms.

Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts make music that delights the ear, weaving timeless sounds with irreverent, collective, unabashed all round good-time-having.

SERENITY FISHER & MICHAEL G. RONSTADT:
TIM-BURTONESQUE INDIE-FOLK DUO

SERENITY FISHER - Piano/Guitar/Voice
MICHAEL G. RONSTADT - Cello/Guitar/Voice

Performing together for the last six years has created a dynamic, truly moving, and expressive duet. Between both songwriters, their material is diverse and reaches far. Serenity Fisher blends playful pop-rock with a Tim Burton-esque quirkiness. A wordsmith, Serenity Fisher entices stories into becoming songs using truth-telling, highly-visual lyrics, and dreamy melodies. Fisher is a powerhouse singer whose nuanced vocals vary from bluesy belt to sultry whisper, from technical prowess to stripped down raw emotion. Her piano style is theatrical and passionate. Her music has been compared to Regina Spektor, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Nephew of Linda Ronstadt, cellist Michael G. Ronstadt brings a rich musical heritage and absolute knack for improvising up a storm. He holds a masters degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Michael G. displays genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics. To say his originals are unusual is an understatement. They set the bar at Olympian heights in their depth and breadth. In addition to his solo recordings and those with Ronstadt Generations, Michael G. is a much sought-after studio musician, who has appeared on more than 100 albums in the last fifteen years.

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