Michael Rais

  • Gender: Musician
  • Instrument/s: Strings, Bass (String, Double, Upright), Bass (Electric)
  • Music Type: Acoustic, Adult Contemporary, American Roots, Background Music, Big Band Jazz, Blues, Broadway/Theater, Chamber Music, Christmas/Seasonal, Classic Rock (70s-80s), Classical, Commercial/Film Music, Concert Band, Contemporary Christian, Cover Tunes, Electronic, Fifties, Folk, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Original Music, Popular, R&B, Reggae/Calypso, Requests, Rock n Roll (50s-60s), Rock/Pop, Show Tunes, Soul/Funk, Standards, Swing, Top 40, Wedding Music
  • Event Type: Chamber Music Concert, Church/Worship Service, Classical/Symphonic Concert, Concert, Club Date, Cocktail Hour, Community Event/Celebration, Corporate/Industrial, Educational/School Concert, Festival, Fundraiser/Political Event, Holiday/Christmas Celebration, Party, Studio/Recording Session, Theatrical/Broadway Musical, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception
  • About:
    Rais has also been performing with a number of musical groups in the Metro-Detroit area, such as Dearborn Symphony, Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra (Principal Bassist), Wayne State Symphony Orchestra, Wayne State Wind Symphony, Eastern Michigan University Ensembles, Detroit Civic Orchestra and Metro-Detroit school area musicals.

    He has also performed under conductor’s Neeme Jarvi, Mark Wigglesworth, Thomas Wilkins, Laura Jackson, and many others. Rais is also very involved with music education. He has been teaching privately over the years, guest teaching and conducting at local Michigan schools, performing sectionals in Jr. High and High Schools. Along with music education, he has also pursued his conducting interests by studying with Douglas Bianchi.

    Rais is a very accomplished musician. He has performed all over North America as a touring bassist and musician. His main instrument is the electric bass and double bass. He has been playing bass for over 25 years. Some of his bass mentors include Roger Rais (Saga), Denny Finney (Zooster), Al Martin (Billie Holiday), Derek Weller (EMU, Michigan Opera Theater), Max Janowsky (Detroit Symphony), and Stephen Molina (Detroit Symphony). He is the principal bassist for the Lake St. Clair Symphony, section bassist for Dearborn Symphony, co-founder/bassist of Il Segreto String Quartet, Metro-Detroit big band - Accidentally Hip, and session bassist. He has performed and toured with Motown\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s The Contours, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Volumes, The Platters, The Marvelettes, The Shades of Blue, Eddie Holman, Sonny Turner, The Legendary Teenagers, The Crest, Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, Slum Village, Black Milk, Sniff Test and many others. He won an award along with his ensemble Il Segreto String Quartet \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Outstanding Small Ensemble\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" for 2014 from the Detroit Music Awards. He is also an arranger. He has arranged music for The Motown Experience and many educational ensembles. He specializes in arranging pop music for string orchestra and full orchestra. His arrangements have been performed by Flint Symphony, Northwestern Symphony and others.
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