Michael Kang (musician)

Michael Kang, born in South Korea on May 13th, 1971, is a multi-instrumentalist for the popular jam band The String Cheese Incident (often abbreviated to SCI). The mandolin is his primary instrument, although he plays violin on several songs, and guitar rarely. He is a key part of the band, providing both a melodic and rhythmic sound. Kang has lived in South Korea, Indonesia, England, Germany, New York, San Francisco Bay Area (California), United Arab Emirates, Alaska, and Colorado. He is a graduate of UC-Berkeley a former emergency medical technician, and a former ski patrolman in Steamboat Springs, CO. He provided critical medical attention in the rescue of a seriously injured person from Cataract Canyon, Utah, in June, 1992.

Side Projects

In addition to his integral role in SCI, Kang has participated in several well-received side projects. Notable among these was the 2000 album Head West by the collaboration called Comotion. Musicians joining Kang in the studio included Jeff Sipe and Tye North of Leftover Salmon, progressive bluegrass musicians Paul McCandless, Darol Anger, and Mike Marshall, and drummer Aaron Johnson. More recently he is found playing with the band Panjea and with Chris Berry.

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