About Mike

Mike Vargas began playing music in 1959.  His curiosity and love of collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York’s Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center, from Grimms’ fairy tales to Playback Theater.  He started specializing in music for dance in 1978.  Since 1980 he has been composing, performing nationally and internationally, teaching music and improvisation, creating well over 150 commissioned dance scores and presenting concerts of his music.  He has taught at universities across the US and has participated at numerous dance festivals such as Warsaw Flow, iDance (Taipei) and Tanzsommer Innsbruck.  For the last 17 years he has been teaching and performing with Nancy Stark Smith.  He has released 9 CD’s and published two articles on composition and improvisation in Contact Quarterly magazine.   Mike is on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College. In 2017 he will publish a deck of cards based on his 86 aspects of composition.  www.mikevargas.net