Jazz Pianist/Vocals/Didjeridoo/Hand Drums
Michael Mustafa Ulmer, a native to the "Motor City," was raised with the incredible musical influences of Motown's R&B, (especially Pianist/Songwriter Morris Broadnax, who wrote and co-wrote music for Stevie Wonder) and the inspiring live Jazz scene of Detroit.
While completing his education from Indiana University's School of Music, he toured and recorded with Harmolodic Guitarist icon and father, James 'Blood' Ulmer. After working with 'Bloods' Blues Experience he performed with William 'Spaceman' Patterson's - House Band for the T.V. show New York Undercover, getting a chance to work with such artists as: Roberta Flack, The Temptations and The Four Tops.
Presently, he leads his own group called the "Didjazz Quartet" with featured saxophonist Patience Higgins. Here he explores the improvisational realms of Jazz with "free" inspired melodies on Piano and droning to
hypnotic grooves on the Didjeridoo. In addition, Mustafa works as Keyboardist/Musical Director for performing artist: Singer/Poet Camille Yarbrough, who is quoted by Source Magazine as the "Foremother of Hip Hop."
In 1998, he started working (adding hand drums to his palette) within the dance world in New York City accompanying dance at Alvin Ailey, where he had the fortune of writing and performing original music for choreographer Earl Mosley's "University" of Dance and Richard Rivera.
After working with mentor Kevin Burrell, Willie 'Ajibilu' White, Victor See-Yuen (Heritage Op.) and Roderick Jackson (Palms Down), Ailey elite percussionist, he started focusing on Conga and Djembe, learning traditional rhythms of Africa and Haiti.
In 2002, he started working as Keyboardist/Music Director with Aziza Def Dance Jam Workshop: A children's dance company made-up of deaf and hearing teens.
Other dance credits go to performing and recording music for Freddie Moore Hudson Repertory Dance Theater, Karen L. Arceneaux Genesis Dance Company and Maher Benham Coyote Dancers.