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Jazz Times quotes: "In all, it's a cocky strut down fusion's wild side!"

Welcome to more of my continuing musical fantasies. This time, get ready for an eclectic journey that is very different from my two 'Island Fantasy' albums!

I have titled this album 'Fusion' because I have fused music inspired by foreign lands from around the world and also from another dimension - the 'Twilight Zone!'

— Mike


This album is a Masterful array of musical styles - all fused into one sophisticated and exhilarating journey!

Mike specializes in his own unique brand of fusion.  He blends elements from many different styles - straight jazz, progressive rock, classical themes, pop, world influences and new age ambiance.  Mike's open mind and "no musical barriers attitude" draws emotional intensity from each of these styles; merging them into his own individual "guitar voice." He evokes splendid images of Spain, Mexico, China, the Caribbean Isles, and yes; even a tribute to Rod Serling's the "Twilight Zone."  

Mike's eclectic selection of musical influences empowers him to embrace many musical styles.

So prepare yourself to experience a true cross-over of many styles! Mike presents you with his "Fusion" album. Enjoy!!

island paradise

Travel with me on this highly emotional tour through Spain and Mexico! Images of ghost towns, bull fights, Western movies, Señoritas, are all conjured up in this smooth flowing opus! This is my tribute to composer Elmer Bernstein.
You can escape to island destinations of your choice, throughout the world, but hopefully you include the magical ‘Isle of Jábeam’ on one of your stopovers. These warm, tropical sounds bring peace and relaxation to your life! This song actually represents a tropical bird.
Images of China are evoked in this fast-paced, wild and funky piece. You’ve never experienced the Orient in such a high-energy fashion!
My tribute to one of my biggest non-musical influences - Rod Serling of ‘Twilight Zone’ fame. This piece shifts from one musical ‘dimension’ to another. A truly wild departure to another world!
Represents the fast-paced, ever-changing and many moods that we encounter in our everyday modern life. It has a very European sound!
A shorter, yet still powerful visit to the Far East!
A live version which captures me in my favorite mood, that is, improvising and creating a composition on the spot! This flamenco-inspired piece displays the fiery and earthy feelings expressed in Spanish and Mexican music. Olé!
Mike Smiarowski: Electric and acoustic guitars
Jay Bania: Bass guitar
Jeff Hollister: Drums and percussion
Kirk Brundage: Percussion
Produced by Mike Smiarowski
Recorded at Smear Studios, Buffalo, NY, USA
Mastered by Lane Gibson at Charles Eller Studios, Charlotte, VT, USA

Art direction and design by A. Michelle, Al Gomes and Bruce Snyder
This album, along with all of my music, is again dedicated to the memory of my Dad, Mitchell P. Smiarowski.

Loving thanks to my mother, Helen - I couldn't have created all of my music without your help! Words can't describe my gratitude!!

Also special thanks to my brother Kyle, for all of his support!!

Thanks to Paul Gworek (Unk), Robert Gworek (Paco), Chris Mazur.

Thanks to the group Chicago for their continuous musical inspiration - past and present.

Thanks to Al Gomes and A. Michelle at Big Noise for their continued assistance in exposing my many different ‘Musical Fantasies’ to the world!
All songs written and fused by Mike Smiarowski
© Ⓟ Smear Songs (BMI).
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