Mike Lesirge

MUSICAL DIRECTOR, ARRANGER AND MUSICIAN

Mike has been the arranger and woodwind/sax/keys player for electronic music legend and 7-time Grammy nominee Bonobo since 2010. The recent ‘Fragments’ World Tour included a record-breaking 5-night run at the Royal Albert Hall in 2022, for which Mike orchestrated the music for string orchestra, brass, woodwinds and the Albert Hall Grand Organ.

Mike was the first musical director for singer Arlo Parks, creating the show that she took from unsigned artist to Grammy-nominee and Brit- and Mercury Prize-winner. He was also MD for R&B legend Kelis for the 20th anniversary tour of her album Kaleidoscope, playing keys in the live band

Mike is currently MD for pop star Becky Hill, electronic artist and Brit-nominee Barry Can’t Swim and up-and-coming singer Mackenzy Mackay. Other recent MD credits include electronic artists George FitzGerald and MJ Cole; and singers AlewyaCLOVES and Andreya Triana.

In 2019 Mike was asked to play sax and woodwinds for Quincy Jones, for a series of concerts and the recording of the film ‘Quincy Jones: A Musical Celebration’. He also played sax in the horn section for TLC’s legendary Glastonbury show in 2022. He has contributed arrangements and performances to 3 Grammy-nominated albums (‘Fragments‘ and ‘Migration‘ by Bonobo and ‘Chronology‘ by Chronixx) and played and arranged horns on Jamie Woon’s Mercury Prize-nominated record ‘Making Time’.

In the last 12-months Mike played sax/woodwinds and arranged strings and horns for Jordan Rakei’s upcoming album for Decca; toured the US with Raye; arranged and performed woodwinds for Maribou State’s new album for Ninja Tune; and recorded on a live album for BBC Radio 1′s Sound Of 2024 and Brit-nominees The Last Dinner Party.

Other credits as a performer include Erykah Badu, Sam SmithTim Minchin, Jamie Cullum, Friendly Fires, Lapalux, Honne, Pete Tong, the Heritage OrchestraOdesza, Roni Size, Kim Wilde, Vanessa-Mae,  Alice Russell, The Herbaliser, The London Community Gospel Choir, Matmos, PREP and Hackney Colliery Band.


COMPOSER AND PRODUCER

Mike is also a producer and composer for film, TV, radio and advertising, regularly working on bespoke compositions as well as writing for major production music labels (Sony BMG, EMI, Universal, Ninja Tune, Extreme Music, Cavendish). He recently wrote and produced the original music for Channel 4 show Highlife; has composed and recorded theme music for Sky TV; and his production music has been used extensively worldwide in shows like Family Guy, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory, as well as countless other programmes in the UK, US, South Korea, Spain, Germany, France and Australia.

Recent campaigns include bespoke work for ITV drama ‘You and Me’; commercial compositions for Guinness, Lego, Stella Artois, and Argos; and original music for Joe Lycett‘s short film ‘Linda’.