A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Mike balances his time working as a recording engineer, composer, and educator.
He has collaborated on audio and multimedia projects with artists and institutions such as Third Coast Percussion, Vic Firth Company, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Yale Percussion Group, Peabody Percussion Group, Molly Joyce/New Amsterdam Records, Christopher Theofanidis, and Palaver Strings. In his engineering work, he believes deeply in the capacity of the production approach to accentuate the conceptual framework of a musical composition or interpretation.
Laurello's work as a composer often explores temporal dissonance, emotional immediacy, and the synthesis of musical genres. His music has been presented at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MATA, PASIC, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, N_SEME, and has been featured on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. He has collaborated with ensembles and artists such as Sō Percussion, Nashville Symphony, HOCKET, Triplepoint Trio, icarus Quartet (iQ), Sandbox Percussion, Yale Percussion Group, NotaRiotous (the resident ensemble of the Boston Microtonal Society), and 2015 ISB award-winning bassist Sam Suggs. Mike's compositions have been honored by the American Composers Forum, SCI, EarShot/American Composers Orchestra, Yale University, and Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation, among others. His mentors include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and John McDonald. michaellaurello.com
Mike holds degrees from the Yale School of Music (A.D. Composition), Tufts University (M.A. Music), and Berklee College of Music (B.M. Music Synthesis/Electronic Production and Design).