"Mike Moynihan is one of the brightest lights on the jazz horizon. He is a superlative player who deserves wider recognition."
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Mike Moynihan has enjoyed a fruitful life as a musician and composer. Multiple tours have brought him around the globe, with the pleasure of performing in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, China, Botswana, and South Africa.
In his travels, Mike has performed with Thomas Mapfumo, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bill Watrous, Lucas Pino, ArcoIris Sandoval, Josh Johnson, Ollie Hirvonen, and The Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He maintains a busy life of composing, recording, producing, rehearsing, and teaching in Tucson. His current project, Mike Moynihan's Purple Spectre, has been receiving rave reviews, with a feature in the Tucson Weekly, and a nomination for the Weekly's Best of Tucson 2018! Purple Spectre has just recorded their first album, which is set to be released in early 2019.
On composing, Mike states, “I strive to create compositions that come from a deep place in my soul, thus reflecting the inputs I receive from the world around me. As an artist, I see myself as a prism: everything I experience passes through me, and, transmuted by my conscious spirit, it all comes out as the beautiful rainbow rays of art.”
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Photography by Hank Hirschfeld, Purple Nickel, and Mike Moynihan