Best known as a musician, composer, pianist, organist, keyboardist who has been and is still a crucial member of numerous Ithaca, NY based bands/artists, many of whom are internationally recognized, including Johnny Dowd Band, Jennie Lowe Stearns & The Fire Choir, Mary Lorson & The Soubrettes + Saint Low, TZAR, Bronwen Exter, JSan & The Analogue Sons, Wingnut, Hank Roberts, Hubcap, Orbiting Art Ensemble and others.
Stark has been hired to back and in many cases record with such artists as Sally Timms (The Mekons), Jim White (Hellwood), Eric Harvey (Spoon), Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root), The Horseflies, Kevin Kinsella (John Brown’s Body), Eliot Martin (Black Castle/JBB), Adam Matta, Eric Athey, Sunshine Spider, Sim Redmond, Crow Greenspun.
Stark has also shared the stage with artists Neko Case, Emmylou Harris, DJ Logic, Midnight, Israel Vibration, Kelly Hogan, Hamell On Trial.
Born in Queens, NY, Michael Stark started organ & piano lessons at age 7, was eventually a student of jazz legend Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music. He then moved to Ithaca, NY in January of 1995 and has since been composing, performing, recording, and touring all over the world.
Since 2004, Stark has been performing with & at times road managed Johnny Dowd on extensive successful annual tours throughout Europe aswell as the USA.
In the summer of 2008, Stark toured and performed with dub/soul/rock outfit, JSan & The Analogue Sons in JAPAN. JATAS toured Europe as well just prior to this.