Michael Udow is principal percussionist with the Santa Fe Opera and has directed the percussion program at The University of Michigan since 1982. Aside from his work with Equilibrium, Michael performs with Keiko Abe and the Michigan Chamber Players and the Summit Brass. Michael can be heard on Advance, Opus One, Koch, Columbia/Denon, Columbia, CRI, Orion, SM/EQ and TRR, Gemini, GunMar, Non-Sequitor, Forte Music Entertainment of Japan, Einstein, EQ and New World labels. As an educator, Dr. Udow draws upon his diversified background and as former percussionist with the historic Blackearth Percussion Group, the New Orleans Philharmonic, the Tone Road Ramblers and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Michael has received a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to Poland, 1st Prize awarded by the Percussive Arts Society for his Bog Music, and grants including: Office of the Vice President for Research at The University of Michigan for the composition of his first opera, The Shattered Mirror, the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Council for the Arts for the composition of his second opera, Twelve Years A Slave, and in 1996 The Institute for Study in the Arts as project director and composer for a 3-D animated video by visual artist, Murial Magenta. His Shattered Mirror Suite was recently premiered by George Manahan and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.