About

Mike Howe in the studio

Photo: Simon Parker

I am a composer, a recording artist and an ecologist.  All of these activities are related, although it is only in recent years that they have overlapped.  If you’d told me ten years ago that one day I’d be a recording artist signed to one of the biggest independent record labels in the world I wouldn’t have believed you, although something in me would have been awakened by the possibility.

Photo: Mike Alexander

My passion and my work is to find ways to conserve a place for nature, for the beautiful woodlands, grasslands and heathlands and the vast range of species that they support.  My job is to help other people to achieve their goals in their work to conserve the beautiful land that we have here in Wales.

I compose and record instrumental music because, for some reason, wordless music has always fascinated me most.  People often ask me if I might write lyrics for the songs, as though perhaps something is missing.  I don’t feel like that.  I’ve always felt that a good instrumental composition will tell its own story and doesn’t require words to guide the listener.

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

I was signed to the Real Music label in California in 2009.  That was one of the most important days of my life.  It meant somebody else, somebody who’s opinion really counted, liked my music enough to invest in it.  Since then I’ve released 4 albums on the label and they can be found pretty much anywhere on the internet for sale or for streaming.  My new album Lichens is my first as an independent artist and has been described as my best yet, although I am unable to make such distinctions.

Photo: Rod Howe

Photo: Rod Howe

My albums have been nominated in the Zone Music Reporter and Hollywood Music in Media Awards, have been played on radio stations (and even aeroplanes) all over the world and have appeared on the itunes top 10 in several countries including the USA, Germany, Sweden, Portugal and New Zealand.

Awards:

2015: WINNER: One World Music Radio Awards: Best Acoustic Instrumental Album – Lichens

HMMA certificate

2015: Nomination: Hollywood Music and Media Awards: Best Instrumental Composition -“Remember” from the album “Lichens”

2011: Nomination: ZMR Awards: Best Instrumental Album – Island of Anywhere

2010: Nomination: ZMR Awards: Best Instrumental Album – Round River

2009: Nomination: ZMR Awards: Best New Artist – Time Stands Still

Have a listen by clicking on the tab above or on the side bar.  I hope you like it.

In this blog I like to share pictures (usually the beautiful photos of my friend Mike Alexander, the best teacher I ever had), songs I’ve recorded, and write about my work in nature conservation.  I try not to write about things I don’t know much about 🙂

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

25 Responses to About

  1. greenwllo says:

    I’m really enjoying the 4 songs that stream on the “Mike Howe radio” feature of your website. Was wondering how you selected these particular songs? Are they personal favorites of yours? My favorite is “Clouds.” So peaceful and beautiful :))

    • Mike Howe says:

      Thanks I seleceted them a few years ago and haven’t changed it since. I should probably add some more or maybe delete the widget as you can hear lots more tracks on the listen to music tab on the toolbar. Thanks for commenting!

  2. WillowPch says:

    Hi Mike, Want you to know how glad I am to have found your beautiful music with no lyrics to take my mind away from the beauty… Found you and your albums through Pandora – enjoying Lichens as we speak!

  3. Jerry Ball says:

    Mike,

    Today Spotify has introduced me to your music for the first time and quickly aroused my curiosity about you which led me to your site here. What a treasure I’ve found. I totally agree with you your music is quite complete without lyrics. I’ve been listening all day to your various albums after downloading them and it amazes me how your ecology background comes flowing through load and clear. You have quite the talent. I have been a musician wannabe for many many years and yes with very similar interests in music and ecology. But I’ve found it necessary in my case that in order to pay the bills I had to pursue other careers. I’m so thankful there are folks out there though that carry on such good and important work and are able to share it with the rest of the world. Please keep the music coming!

    • Mike Howe says:

      Hi Jerry

      Thanks so much for such kind comments and thoughts. Firstly I’m thrilled that you like my music and can identify with it so warmly. It means a lot to me to hear that. I’ve been very lucky to work for most of my life in the conservation field and, even though I love making music, I wouldn’t ever want to stop, I getvfar too much pleasure and satisfaction from the beautiful places I help conserve. I never stop learning about nature, there’s simply too much to learn, and it’s a privilege to be able to apply that knowledge and experience on a daily basis to wonderful landscapes here in Wales.

      I’d be glad to know more about your ecological interests too sometime, and I’m intruiged when you say musician wannabe?

      Thanks again for taking the trouble to comment.

  4. John Howe says:

    Mike,
    I just discovered your site.
    I began listening to music from your album ‘Lichens’; gradually became conscious that my heart-rate was slowing; and a warm feeling of peace has settled in.
    Wonderful way to begin my day. Thank you !! John

    • Mike Howe says:

      Hi John

      I’m so glad to hear that the music on Lichens had such a positive effect upon you, and thank you for taking the trouble to let me know.

      That’s a very fine name you have there by the way 😉

  5. miguel says:

    Hello Mike, i’ve started listening to your music a few months ago and i like it a lot. you’re a fine artist, my little baby girl stays listening to your songs while i’m rocking her in my arms. thanks for sharing your inner inspiration and your love for nature, Keep on giving us great music.
    Regards from Peru.

    • Mike Howe says:

      Miguel that is such a lovely message thank you so much. It is such a nice feeling to know that you and your baby girl are enjoying my music so far away from me in Peru! Thank you for taking the time to tell me, I am very grateful.

      Best wishes

      Mike

  6. gavinfrye says:

    Greetings Mike: the other day I stumbled upon you and your exquisite music for the first time. It stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away — I just went quiet inside, into a place of peace and rhythm that then let itself be carried by your many songs that are now joyfully having their way with me. I find it astonishing how the breadth and depth of your consciousness can be felt through the distinctive signature and healing/awakening presence of your music. As you know well, to discover music that one has a profound recognition of and resonance with is rare, a gift beyond measure. Just had to introduce myself and, most of all, say a gracious thank you for your evident well-seasoned life journey that is remarkably infused into each of your unique pieces; for your gift of hearing and following and capturing the presence of sound and allowing it to take you wherever it wants; and for the immense and embracing quiet you carry which I experince infused into all your songs — in what I interpret as a honorable serenade of reverence to the finest in ourselves and the life all around us. I’m grateful for the real pleasure of crossing and now sharing paths, Mike.
    Be well, Gavin Frye

    • Mike Howe says:

      Hi Gavin, thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, I genuinely appreciate the the thought and time you’ve taken to say such nice things. All I can say is that I am extremely flattered and touched to know that you have connected with my music in this way. I can tell from your blogs that we share a love for nature, and especially forests! You have the finest forests in the world in California – I’ve been lucky enough to visit them twice in the past – and I am green with envy that you can go visit them and take in their awesome beauty 🙂 Say hello to the magnificent trees for me next time you go! All the best, Mike

  7. Just stumbled into your site Mike and already finding it fascinating.

  8. Paula says:

    I don’t know why I haven’t left a comment here before. You might have noticed that instrumentals are my favourite kind of music. It feels so good to browse through your site again, Mike.

  9. restlessjo says:

    You’ve answered my questions. 🙂 Now I need to have a listen. 🙂 🙂

  10. Rufus Girard says:

    Mike, you’re clearly doing what you’re meant to do. Those landscapes talk. Lovely palette.

  11. silemelisch says:

    Were you first an ecologist and then a composer/recording artist? I am very interested in knowing how this all came to be? I think your music is very beautiful and impacting. And Ecology is such an amazing field!

    • Mike Howe says:

      Hi Silem, I was an ecologist before I started composing music, but I’ve been playing music since I was very young because I’ve always loved it. Having the ability to translate how I feel into original music was a dream that came true 🙂

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