Michael Johancsik is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and teacher living in Montreal, Quebec since 2009. When he was 11 years old he was given his first saxophone by his grandfather whose deep love for the jazz tradition, especially big-toned swing tenor players like Coleman Hawkins and Chu Berry, would be a lasting influence and inspiration.
Michael recently completed a bachelor’s degree at McGill’s prestigious Schulich School of Music, including two years in the McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 under the direction of Gordon Foote and Joe Sullivan, playing lead alto in his final year. He has studied privately with Jim Brenan in Calgary and Remi Bolduc and Frank Lozano in Montreal, and has also been taught by Ralph Bowen, Fraser Hollins, Andre White, Alec Walkington, Kenny Bibace, Jan Jarczyk, Greg Clayton, and Chris McCann. Over the years he has shared the stage with Wycliffe Gordon, Kevin Dean, and Becky Noble among many others. He is currently a part of many different musical projects, including the Oops Kitchen, the Taylor Donaldson Octet and Big Band as a performer as well as contributing composer and arranger, as well as the History of Gunpowder and the Ryan Lague Swing Orchestra.