Michael Betz (b. 1992) is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Mason City, Iowa. His compositions are not limited to the concert stage, and have appeared in a variety of media, including video games, an independent short film, and the YouTube series “The Video Game Ref” and “Chadtronic.” Comfortable in both the jazz and classical idioms, he maintains an active performance schedule as a solo and collaborative pianist in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. In July of 2013, he traveled to Paris to take part in the EAMA program, a continuation of Nadia Boulanger’s pedagogy, where he studied composition with David Conte. He currently studies composition with Justin Merritt and Timothy Mahr at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
LISTEN: Impulse for Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, and Piano
Dave Franzel, Alto Saxophone; Jonathan Sanchez, Bass Clarinet; Michael Betz, Piano