About Mike Brannon


 


 

Mike has long been interested in lighting design and has found time to develop his art lighting range alongside his musical interests.

Best known in Texas for his work on the music scene, as composer/guitarist for The Synergy Quartet, which released the chart-topping/award-winning CD, Barcodes in 2001, with members of King Crimson and the Grammy-winning Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Synergy's new album Later, with special guests: 7-time Grammy-winner Paul Wertico / drums (w /The Pat Metheny Group), Grammy-nominee Bill Evans / Tenor sax (w/ Miles Davis, Micke Jagger, Herbie Hancock, Mike Stern, John McGlaughlin, Bruce Hornsby, Willie Nelson) andHarvie S / bass (w/ Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Mike Brecker, Chick Corea) was released in '06 on NeXtep.  "Off the Map", the 3rd album in the series, is flamenco influenced along with jazz/rock/blues & neo-classical guitar duos. It's due in late '13. We also have a 4th CD of guitar and keyboard duos due next year, as well. 

Mike endorses Elixir Strings, Carlos Acoustic Guitar pickups, Fylde Acoustic Guitars & Onyx Forge Guitars. 

The Lightlink Lighting collection - described as 'illuminated sculpture', 'Zen/industrial art' & 'Euro-Texan art lighting' - was inspired by Mike's passion for light and an interest in how it can be manipulated to create a unique, pleasing ambience.

"I've always been drawn to the myriad effects of light, both upon a subject and as a subject on its own," he explains.

"I wanted to find a way of transforming the traditional shape of a shade into an integral part of the light itself, so I experimented with various transparent materials and hand-made tinted papers, which have natural light-enhancing properties. I wrapped these around frames of threaded rods, with aluminum and stainless plates of various shapes, adding touch dimmers for maximum sensitivity and responsiveness."

"The juxtaposition of industrial, natural and Asian features gave me the result I was looking for: the perfect balance of high-tech design with Zen aesthetics. The overall effect is organic and atmospheric and is a very pleasing, integrated way to light contemporary interiors."

Recent showings of Mike's work include: 

TEDxAustin 2013 at the CotA (Circuit of the America's Formula 1 Racetrack), The McNay Museum of Art, The Austin Museum of Art, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Design Center of Austin, Southwest Crafts Center/Fiesta Arts Fair (#7 top annual national arts show), Gallery Lombardi/Austin (voted 'Austin's Best Art Gallery' - Austin Chronicle), Jefferson State Banks, the KLRN/PBS Art Auction and 3-Form have all shown his work.

Lightlink has partnered with TEDxAustin, TEDxSanAntonio, AIA 150, ASID, IIDA, PBS, AMoA, SAMA & McNay Museums, The Design Center of Austin, 3-Form, Lucifer Lighting, BlueStar Galleries, Lombardi Gallery, Vintage Designs, The Sierra Club, Advent International, Vidorra Towers, RCCo and many others. 

Visitors to Texas and the Southwestern US may have seen Lightlink Lighting at leading galleries, design and home furnishings stores including Bella Villa, Wren, Glassworks, Textures Gallery and Home Emphasis/San Antonio, Cities in Austin & Houston, The Design Center of Austin, Artisan's in Fredericksburg, TX and P3 & Advent International in Tucson.

The collection and custom designs are also available directly by contacting us at :

Lightlinq@aol.com       /       210-414-3695  

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