The Ivories Man

Do you like video games or anime?

Of course you do.

Do you like good music?

You’d better.

Would you like to combine those two things into one, awesome, delectable, heart-pounding experience?

Well you can!  And lots of people do.  But perhaps the best of the best out there is a man by the name of Micheal Gluk, also known as Piano Squall.

Piano Squall performs arrangements of gaming and anime music on perhaps the most amazing instrument of all time – the piano.  (Now, I may be biased, after all, I’ve been playing piano since I was a mere four-years-old.)  His performances are all charitable, proceeds go to organizations like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Race for the Cure, Baltimore Reads, the Maryland Food Bank, the Matthew Foster Foundation, and Tsunami Relief.  He’s been a guest at over thirty conventions, including some of the big-daddy anime conventions, like the massive Otakon.  Micheal has also been featured in such publications as IGN, MTV, Newtype Magazine, GamesRadar, GameDaily, The Otaku, and Destructoid.  He even toured parts of Brazil as part of a live orchestral game music concert series.

In 2007, Micheal released his debut album, also completely for charity, entitled GAME.  This album became the first ever video game/anime piano solo album to be entirely published by an independent musician. Proceeds from his album go to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Micheal’s inspiration comes from the fight he watched his grandmother struggle in with Multiple Sclerosis.  She battled the disease for forty years, and died peacefully in her sleep in 2006.  Micheal describes his grandmother as “…an endless giver both of her possessions and her love.”

Having watched my own grandfather struggle with a disease, though not MS, I understand how touching and emotional the process can be.  The fact that Micheal Gluk has been able to channel his love for his grandmother into something so wonderful, so touching, is beyond my ability to accurately portray in words.   All I can do is feature him here on my blog and help to spread his amazing message of hope and triumph — his message of following your dreams and doing what you love.

His music is beautiful, his arrangements spectacular, and his technique amazing.  I could listen to him play for hours.

Please visit Micheal “Piano Squall” Gluk’s website and purchase his album Here. For $10 — and a charitable donation at that — you will not be sorry or disappointed that you spent the money.

And if you’d like to try out some of his original arrangements for yourself, you can! He provides all of his arrangements in the form of downloadable sheet music on his website. He merely asks that if you decide to keep any of the sheet music that you consider making a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

What an amazing, charismatic man with more passion than most will ever show. Let us all try to be a little more like Piano Squall. <3

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