Like the two photos above show — Mike
can be easy going relaxed or wildly intense! Very few artists
have the ability to play so many styles and yet really excel at them!
a player, hes really like a top notch Studio player In
fact; famed Guitar Studio Legend Tommy Tedesco
once stated: In my opinion, he is one of the finest guitarists
in the country. Mike not only admired Tommy but was very grateful
for his words of encouragement!
also credits his collaboration with the great Chas
Eller, (of Kilimanjaro fame), for his success in the studio.
Chas is one of the best Keyboard players, Recording engineers,
and Mastering engineers in the Music Business! When we work together
its like having a Spock mind meld
because of his vast musical background - most of the time he knows
exactly what I want. Its an honor to work with Chas Eller!"
often ask the question: Why Smear Records ? What does
it really mean? Surprise! Smear Records is actually a tribute and
dedication of all of Mike's music: past, present, and future to
his father - the late, great Mitchell P. Smiarowski; known as Mr. Smear he was
a two-time All-American Football/ Middle linebacker/ Center/ and Place
kicker at St. Bonaventure University. He was known to SMEAR opposing offensive backfields. "Mr. Smear" played usually 50 minutes
a game! He was considered one of the best players in the country
during a time when men played - not just for the money - but for Pride
and Honor! Seems kind of forgotten nowadays!
So goes the same for Mike! Practice/study achieve
great accomplishments against all odds - proving to real people that
old time traditions/hard work are still alive!!
credits his mother Helen
for her constant love of life, her own tremendous creativity, and
teaching him to see the beauty of life and nature so that he
is able to reflect that love and beauty in his music!
Who exactly is Mike Smiarowski?
Guitarist and Composer extraordinaire
Mike Smiarowski is a remarkable Guitarist/Composer from Buffalo, NY (USA). He has been on the National Radio Charts with the biggest names in the Instrumental field of music along with such artists as: Kenny G, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Pat Metheny, Herb Alpert, Lee Ritenour, Peter White, Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, Quincy Jones, etc.
Mike has been granted the great honor of being on the Official Grammy Awards Ballot for the years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in a total of 27 categories. Mike is truly honored to be mentioned alongside the best in the business!
An example of Mike’s reaching out to the mainstream audience is his appearance on the Home Shopping Network performing “Tropical Romance” and “Lullabye”. These songs feature his romantic side from the “Island Fantasy-Part-ll” and “Island Fantasy” CDs. Please view these and his other video performances on his video page and/or YouTube channel.
Mike also headlined “In Flight“ magazine, where ~ 4 million people heard Mike aboard United Airlines in his continuous 2-hour music loop. You’ve probably, no doubt, without knowing it, heard Mike’s music in department stores, supermarket chains, elevators, airports, and other public places across the United States.
Mike is also very proud of this accomplishment! “It shows the diversity of my music; you can appreciate it as an art form (foreground) or have it as background music to accommodate whatever mood you want to capture! In other words – my music can reach many diverse audiences!"
Reviews in National Trade Magazines like : Gavin Report, Jazz Times,
In Music - Schwann, Guitar Player, FMQB, etc are truly impressive!
blends jazz, pop, rock, and classical influences to create timeless
works of remarkable depth and sophistication
unprecedented success, exceptional National and International activity;
a true Cinderella story
Player describes Mike : A fine, jazz-oriented player
who thrives on Caribbean grooves
heavy airplay on commercial Jazz and AA stations nationwide, he proves
hes a force to be dealt with in Jazz/Pop and Jazz/Rock/Fusion.
successful performance on the Home Shopping Network
Concert Performance as Opening Performer with the Buffalo Philharmonic
even more amazing part of this story is that hes achieved all
this on his own small independent record label called : SMEAR RECORDS.
back to the two pictures presented at the beginning of this page... 'Exactly who is Mike Smiarowski?' can be answered by yet another question: Who do you want him (his music) to be?
(known as the 'Fantasy Man'); has a Fantasy Guitar catalog
that runs the gamut of stylings for any guitar fanatic or just anyone
who loves great Instrumental music which combines great technique,
catchy melodies, and soulful emotions.
speak of life, of romance, of faraway lands, all telling a story;
all without any musical barriers.
ISLAND FANTASY and "Island Fantasy ll" are Tropical,
Romantic getaways to the magical "Isle of Jabeam" ; where
one finds oneself Swayin neath the Palms or
are in a quest for a Hope For Love on a Beach
Serenade ; or enjoying a Jamaican Shuffle while
partying in the Festive Streets during the Carnival
of Delight ; while trying to keep up with the Cookin
Coconuts , while awaiting a Lullabye to
be played at Night to partake in a Tropical
Romance only to awaken to a Heavenly Dawn
which leads you to your Memories of Jabeam, as you head back to reality!
FANTASY : Gavins : RECORD TO WATCH Island Fantasy has a cheerful wish you were here
presence about it that will make listeners glow Gavin
ISLAND FANTASY is a fantastic winter escape FMQB
"Island Fantasy Part ll Like Jimmy
Buffet does to the Parrotheads, Smiarowski does to the Adult Alternative
of another journey : The FUSION album sends you into
another fantasy; this time to different lands across the globe: Spain,
Mexico, China, another visit to the Caribbean islands, and also a
detour to another dimension The Twilight Zone
Mikes tribute to Rod Serling and basically the story
of Mikes life is this reality or the Twilight Zone?
project is totally different showing Mikes tremendous
diversity allowing him to fuse a very eclectic blending of
many music genres to display his musical prowess in various settings.
From mellowness to wild intensity! Jazz Times quotes: All in all, its a cocky strut down
fusions wild side!
Mike's latest release, "Live: Latin Moods," was recorded live, displaying his tremendous improvising skills. Every song and every solo was created on the spot. Western movies, whether American-made or a Spaghetti Western were the inspiration for these Acoustic, Spanish and Mexican-themed Flamenco Jazz songs.
who loves great music with no labels attached and still
believes in the underdog, a Rocky Balboa story, then Mike Smiarowski
might be the musician/man you want to give a listen to! Truly great
music knows no barriers. You try to pick the best from all forms and
try to create gathering from past greats
music that's new, creative and timeless.
music has been called Timeless by many people. Thats
the true test of great art. Can it stand the test of time? You can
decide for yourself whether his music meets those standards!
you so much for listening to my music!" - Mike