Michael Gallant is a New York-based pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer, writer, and entrepreneur. His credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Preservation Hall, and the White House, as well as contributions to Grammy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated albums.
The Michael Gallant Trio has released two critically acclaimed albums that blend elements of propulsive rock, improvisational jazz, and Romantic harmonies; the group's 2013 debut Completely, recorded with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Chris Infusino, earned four stars from DownBeat and was described by the magazine as “infections and captivating.” AllAboutJazz dubbed Gallant “an artist unafraid and bending the tradition.” In response to the Trio's second album Live Plus One, recorded in 2015 with the current lineup of Rob Mitzner (drums) and Dmitry Ishenko (bass), WNPR described Gallant as “Fearless . . .An alchemist/anarchist who blends jazz with gritty grunge rock, classical chops, turbo-powered passages, funky backbeats and sweet, salon-like moods.” In addition to North American touring, pre-pandemic, the Trio performed twice-monthly residency shows at the Tomi Jazz club in midtown Manhattan.
With his wife, singer/songwriter, poet, and producer Rachel Rossos, Gallant records and produces for New York indie band Aurical and has twice performed with the group to capacity audiences at Lincoln Center.
Gallant is a former Senior Editor at Keyboard magazine, where he conducted cover-story interviews with artists including Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, will.i.am, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Phish, and Maroon 5—many of whom he jammed with on the piano mid-interview. As founder and CEO of Gallant Music LLC, Gallant currently writes arts and music-related diplomacy content for the National Endowment for the Arts and American embassies around the world.
In 2015, Gallant was commissioned to create improvised music for the major motion picture Three Generations, starring Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning. He has also composed soundtracks for children’s cartoon and award-winning indie film projects. Further credits include an orchestral suite for the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial anniversary video with voice over by James Earl Jones and orchestration work for Grammy-winning Indian superstar Ricky Kej.