Britain-based jazz musician Michael Janisch is a bassist, composer, educator, and label owner. A native of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Janisch studied piano and bass while growing up. Initially though, he focused on a sports career, studying history at Minnesota State University, Mankato, which he attended for three years on a football scholarship. However, after an injury put his football career on hold, Janisch refocused his studies on playing music, ultimately earning his bachelor's degree in double bass performance and music business from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After a brief stint in New York City, Janisch moved to Britain with his English wife. It was there that he formed the band the TransAtlantic Collective with saxophonist Patrick Cornelius. In 2008, they released the album Traveling Song. Also around this time, Janisch formed his own record label, Whirlwind Records. In 2010, he released his debut solo album, Purpose Built. That was followed two years later by his collaboration with Cuban-born pianist Aruán Ortiz, Banned in London. In 2014, Janisch appeared on the live Lee Konitz album First Meeting: Live in London, Vol. 1, also released on Whirlwind Records. Along with performing, Janisch holds the position of Professor of Jazz Bass at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi