TO HEAR MIKE'S MUSIC NOW, click on any of the 'tracks' to the lower left. (Check out track #6 - Jimi - you've never heard anything like it!) The $1.00 MP3 price here at CD Baby is for the entire album downloaded- all 9 songs at about 11 cents per song - and it's high quality mp3 that's iPod compatible. Our philosophy at Gorilla Arts is that it's alot cheaper to sell a digital download than a physical CD, and the price should reflect that. This album is also available on iTunes where the price is fixed by Apple - the link is at the lower left. BIO This is trumpet/keyboard player Mike Kolker's debut solo album. 'Wacked' was a CDBaby 'Editor's Pick for Electronic: NuJazz'. CD Baby also listed 'Wacked' as 'Top Electronic: Acid Jazz' and as CDBaby's 'Recommended Electronic: Acid Jazz Music' Mike was the composer and music director for the original live stage production of "Civil Liberties", an avant-garde musical that premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival - the largest theater festival in North America. Three of the songs from "Civil Liberties" were featured on Janet Coleman's show on public radio station WBAI in New York City, KPFT in Houston, Texas, and other affiliated stations. This was the first live stage musical to have the vocal lines improvised by the composer (Mike) at every show using vocoder software. Mike also directed the film "Civil Liberties". He also composed all of the music on the film's soundtrack. This groundbreaking movie musical is the first one to use software vocoder technology to make the actors' spoken voices 'sing' on film. The film "Civil Liberties" was screened at the prestigious New York City independent film theater - the Anthology Film Archives - in their New FilmMakers series. This series is produced by New York's Angelika Film Center. Mike also led and wrote the music for the Hothouse Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band that was featured at the New York jazz club "Smalls". Mike Kolker produced concerts at the Minetta Lane Theater in Greenwich Village, New York featuring many of the world's top jazz artists including Roy Hargrove, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, James Carter, D.D.Jackson, David Murray, Greg Osby, Antonio Hart with poet jessica Care moore, Buster Williams, Bennie Maupin, George Coleman, Harold Maburn Jr., Lenny White, The World Saxophone Quartet, Nasheet Waits, Eddie Henderson, Hamiet Bluiett, Greg Tardy, Omer Avital, DeChown Jenkins, Frank Foster and the Sun Ra Arkestra. These jazz concerts were featured on the front page of the New York Times Arts section, the front of the New York Times Metro Section, and were critics' picks several times in the Village Voice and the New York Times. CURRENT PROJECTS . . . Mike and his wife writer/director Kris Kolker are opening a new studio in LA that will produce indie films and on-line videos that will experiment with moving jazz and musicals in radically new directions.