categorie in the way he synthesizes musical forms. He expresses a natural
feeling on vibes that is rhythmic, alive and atmospheric. As a percussionist
his Latin and African influences are strong. As a drummer, rock and funk
beats are part of the air he breathes. Heart and soul tie it all together.
music that's reflective, meant for people to ponder a bit. I try to find
little areas where people don't usually go, things they often don't look
for. I like to express a sort of innocence, moods of pure feeling. Since
the instrument itself is so clear sounding, it helps to get that kind
of emotion accross."
studied vibes with Gary Burton and Lou Magnano
in Boston at the Berklee College of Music in the 70's. During this period
his musical compositions for solo vibes began to take shape in a series
of tone poems. A few of these sensitive early works are included on this
album with new arrangements which include a rich compliment of supporting
instruments. That period was a fruitful time for cultivating musical influences
and developing expertise on drums and percussion. While playing with groups
on Boston's local jazz curcuit, Ayres had an especially rewarding experience
performing percussion with the African Ballet productions of Tazwir
Abdul Musawir and Muneera Musawir.
the early 80's Michael returned to his native Chicago where he had previously
performed with the James Dutton Ensemble, the Fox
Valley Symphony Orchestra, the LaGrange
Symphony Orchestra, and in pit orchestras for Chicago area musicals.
Since then he has been active with local Chicago groups of a wide range
of styles, performing in studio sessions, clubs, and large festivals,
most recently with the Cajun Pop group Hurricane Gumbo.
Heart of love
1. Pet Parade
3. Aquarian Sunrise
4. Star Ferry
8. Common Ground
9. In a Silent Way
10. Heart of Love
'The music takes a turn...when the horns assume the lead on cuts like
"Pet Parade", or the sax takes over in "Aftertime",
showcasing this commendable new-agey jazz. And if you enjoy the sound
of the xylophone, run don't walk..."