Pianist and accordionist, Michael McLaughlin has been a part of the Boston Klezmer and Jewish music scene since 1995 as a performer, arranger and composer for The Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, and Naftule's Dream. Over the years he has worked with members of The Klezmer Conservatory Band, and The Klezmatics, while recently bringing Klezmer music to the New England region with Klezwoods and the Yaeko Miranda Quintet. Performances have included the Helsinki Klezmer Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Texaco Jazz Festival in NYC and the Ashkenaz New Jewish Music Festival.
McLaughlin holds a D.M.A in Music Composition from the New England Conservatory (’09), a MA in Music Composition from Tufts University ('99), and a BM from Berklee College of Music ('93). He was a recipient of a Mass Cultural Council Artist Grant award in composition. ('01) His music can be heard on Tzadik Records, Newport Classics, Ryko Disc, Accurate Records and more. He directs the Tufts klezmer ensemble, The Jumbo Knish Factory and teaches courses in musicianship and theory.