Mike Lesirge

Professional sax, clarinet, flute and keyboard player,

Musical director, composer, arranger and producer.

 

Mike graduated with a Masters in Music Performance from the Guildhall School of Music, where he performed with Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, and Billy Cobham. He now has nearly 20 years experience as a performer, musical director, composer and arranger.

Mike has worked as Musical Director, arranger and musician for Bonobo, Arlo Parks, Kelis, George FitzGerald, MJ ColeAndreya Triana and Two Another; performed with Quincy Jones, Jamie Cullum, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra, Vanessa-Mae, Kim Wilde and Tim Minchin; recorded on singles by Cee LoSam Smith and Craig David; performed to tens of millions of viewers at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony; supported Beyonce on tour; arranged for and conducted the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles and Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Denver; and appeared on-stage in London’s West End theatres.

Mike is an extremely experienced performer on all saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and keyboards; is an excellent sight-reader; and is an experienced programmer and producer in Ableton Live, Logic and Mainstage. He runs his own horn section, the Killer Horns.

Mike also works as a producer/composer  for film, TV, radio and advertising, regularly working with major production music labels (Sony BMG, Universal, Ninja Tune, Extreme Music, Cavendish). He has composed and recorded TV theme music for Sky TV, and his production music has been used extensively for TV and radio in shows like Family Guy, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory, as well as countless other shows in the UK, US, South Korea, Spain, Germany, France and Australia. Recent bespoke campaigns include TV adverts for Stella Artois, Argos and Zoopla.

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

TONIGHT WITH ARLO PARKS

Mike was Musical Director for ‘Tonight with Arlo Parks’ – an Amazon special showcasing her new album, Collapsed in Sunbeams. Check out ‘Too Good’, with The Invisible’s Dave Okumu on guitar; and Mike’s string quartet arrangement of ‘Eugene’.


 

STELLA ARTOIS – MUSICAL NOTES

In 2020 Mike arranged and produced the music for the latest Stella Artois advertising campaign, as well as playing clarinets and piano:

 

KELIS 20th ANNIVERSARY KALEIDOSCOPE TOUR

Mike was Musical Director for Kelis on her recent tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Kaleidoscope.


 

PETE TONG AND THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA U.K. TOUR

In December 2019, Mike completed a UK arena tour playing sax for Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra. His solo on ‘The Man With The Red Face’ is below:


 


QUINCY JONES!

Mike was lucky enough to perform for legendary composer and arranger Quincy Jones in June 2019, at concerts in London and Paris. Watch a clip from the concert at the Accor Arena in Paris below:


BONOBO ON KEXP

Bonobo’s live 2018 session on KEXP Radio in the US has been uploaded to YouTube in full:


GEORGE FITZGERALD LIVE

George Fitzgerald’s new live show made its TV debut on Dutch station 3voor12 in 2018. Check out the band’s first ever session below, as well as a live festival show from the same year:


2 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!

Mike contributed arrangements and performances to 2 albums nominated for a GRAMMY in 2018: Best Dance/Electronic Album for Migration by Bonobo and Best Reggae Album for Chronology by Chronixx.

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BONOBO AT ALEXANDRA PALACE – SAX AND EFFECTS SOLO

The Boiler Room recording of the last gig of the North Borders tour (2014) is now available online. Watch Mike’s tenor sax and live effects solo from the show below:

 

CHRONIXX – CHRONOLOGY

The new album from Reggae legend Chronixx features Mike’s horn arrangements and sax and flute playing. Check out I Know Love below:


LAPALUX – RUINISM

Mike played woodwinds and recorded strings on the new Lapalux album Ruinism. The video for single Data Demon is below, with Mike on clarinet and bass clarinet.


MIGRATION – THE NEW BONOBO ALBUM

Migration, the new album from Bonobo, is out on 13th January 2017. Listen To Break Apart below, with Mike on clarinet and bass clarinet.


JAMIE WOON MERCURY NOMINATION!

Mike recorded horns on Jamie Woon’s album Making Time which has recently been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize!


ANDREYA TRIANA ON LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND

Mike is Musical Director for singer Andreya Triana – watch her latest TV appearance on Later…with Jools Holland below


JAMIE CULLUM

Mike featured with the Jamie Cullum Big Band for a series of gigs this summer – watch a clip from Stuttgart below.


LAPALUX’S NEW ALBUM LUSTMORE – BBC RADIO 1 MAIDA VALE SESSION

The new CD from Brainfeeder producer Lapalux features Mike’s keys and sax playing on a track called Puzzle – listen to a live session for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios below.

 

THE NORTH BORDERS LIVE

The new CD and DVD from Bonobo, The North Borders Live, is out now. Watch Kiara from Pula Amphitheatre below, featuring Mike’s string arrangements and sax playing.

 

BONOBO WITH ERYKAH BADU

Mike had the privilege of playing a concert with Bonobo and Erykah Badu in San Francisco in April. Check out some video from the show below.

 

NEW VIDEO FOR FIRST FIRES

The new Bonobo single ‘First Fires’, featuring string arrangements by Mike, has just been released. Video below.