Mike Lesirge


Mike is a hugely in-demand sax, woodwind and keyboard player, with more than 20 years performing experience. His musical directing, writing and arranging skills are also highly sought-after, for both live performances and recording projects.

Mike has been the Musical Director for 5-time Grammy nominee Bonobo since 2010, playing in the Live Band and writing arrangements for strings and woodwinds. Mike has also recently been Musical Director for:

  • Mercury Prize-winning and double Grammy-nominated breakthrough singer Arlo Parks
  • Electronic artists George FitzGerald and MJ Cole
  • R&B legend Kelis
  • Pop singers Andreya Triana and CLOVES.

Mike has worked with a huge variety of artists, including Quincy Jones, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra, Erykah Badu, Sam Smith, Chronixx, Jamie Cullum, Jordan Rakei, Maribou State, Jamie Woon, Alice Russell, The Herbaliser, Lapalux, Roni Size, Honne, Kim Wilde, Vanessa-Mae, Hackney Colliery Band and Tim Minchin. He has contributed to 2 Grammy-nominated albums (‘Migration‘ by Bonobo and ‘Chronology‘ by Chronixx) and played on Jamie Woon’s Mercury Prize-nominated record Making Time.


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 bespoke campaigns include TV adverts for Stella Artois, Argos and Zoopla.