Lecturer and Accompanist in Dance
Mike Vargas works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. He began playing music in 1959. Since then, his curiosity has led him through many contexts, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to underground clubs in New York, from the Kennedy Center to cancer wards, from Grimm's fairy tales to Playback Theater.
In addition to his ongoing pure music work, Mike started specializing in music for dance in 1978, and since then has composed well over 100 commissioned dance scores. He has taught people of all ages about music and improvisation—privately, in colleges and universities, and in public schools. He has also worked extensively as an accompanist, improvising music for many styles of dance.