Michelle Kinney

Composer and Cellist



Play Me, A new project featuring George Cartwright, sax, Davu Seru, drums, Jason Hwang, violin and Tsutomu Takeishi, bass.

Jelloslave, A cello and drum quartet w/co-leader Jacqueline Ultan, Gary Waryan, tablas and Greg Schutte, drums. 2 CDs of critical acclaim, “Touch It” and “Purple Orange. 2013-14

MIchelle Kinney, cello and Nirmala Rajasekar, Veena

MIchelle Kinney, cello and Nirmala Rajasekar, Veena

Cherry Spoon Collective, a large ensemble of composers/improvisers, commissioning new work.

Butterfly, featuring Gao Hong, Pipa, Nirmala Rajasekar, Veena, and Michelle Kinney, cello.



Collaborative Composer-Led Ensembles, Previous Highlights: 


IMP ORK, Co-founded and co-artistic directed w/John Devine, Twin Cities 21-pc. improvising orchestra, ‘84-’89. Hosted composers Butch Morris, Don Cherry, Roscoe Mitchell and Julius Hemphill, among others. Supported consistently by The Jerome Foundation and the Walker Art Center.

Knot Other Than Love, duo w/ saxophone (Louis Belogenis). NYC ’90 – ’93. Cadence records, ’92.

Coordinated Universal Time, vox (Shi-Zheng Chen), cello, violin (Jason Hwang), Chinese pipa (Wu Man), guitar (Chris Cunningham). NYC, ‘92-’95. Harvestworks/Studio Pass, Tellus #26, NYC, ’93.

Mississippi Peace, A trio of cello, violin and electric bass (Jason Hwang, Stomu Takeishi). NYC ’94 – ’99. A highlight was a commissioned work by NY composer/pianist Myra Melford,  funded by the Jerome Foundation.