Michael Cerulo (aka Suke) is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist whose life long love and devotion to music has given him a very distinct and identifiable sound. Whether it’s his fluid guitar melodies, the warm organic tone of his flute, or his own recordings where he plays and produces all of the music, Suke’s individuality, creativity and talent are evident in all of his creations.
Born on April 2, 1972 in a suburb of Boston, Suke was raised in a musical family. His grandfather (George Lane) was a composer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader during the late 40’s and early 50’s (see mp3’s). All five of George’s siblings were musicians as well, often being employed in his big band. Suke began playing guitar and taking music lessons when he was twelve. Being persistent, with an unbending intent to learn and grow, he enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating in ’94, while also working for MOTU music software, Suke became a full time touring musician. Suke composed, played guitar and flute with his band Schleigho.
Schleigho (pronounced shlay-ho) was formed at Berklee in 1993 and was touring around the country a year later. The band’s style is a mix of jazz and funk, with each of its four members contributing equally to bring about an unprecedented wall of sound. Being predominately instrumental, the band’s incredible talent and versatility allows them to go from opening for the Allman Brothers to playing high scale jazz venues while satisfying the most discriminating of tastes. The band released their first CD (self-titled) in 1995, ‘Farewell to the Sun’ in 1997 and ‘In the Interest of Time’ in 1998. In 2000 the band signed with Flying Frog Records (owned and managed by members of the Allman Brothers). Under Flying Frog Records they released ‘Continent’ in 2000, and ‘Live at HoDown 2000’ the following year. Schleigho has met with great success over the years; from amassing a substantial and dedicated national following to ‘Continent’ breaking into the top 20 on CMJ and college Jazz radio charts. Averaging over 200 shows annually across the country, they have shared the stage with The Allman Brothers band, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Karl Denson, Maceo Parker, Derek Trucks, G. Love and Special Sauce, Galactic, moe. and Soulive, to name a few. Schleigho has performed at the JVC Jazz festival (NYC), the Gathering of the Vibes, the High Sierra Music Festival, and the Berkshire Music Festival, among others, and are veterans of the club/college circuit and large festival scene for over 20 years.
Suke also performed for many years with the band Lynch, which is a song structured improvisational fusion of hip-hop, rock, and jazz, flirting with many styles from drum and bass to latin and reggae. It's a high energy show featuring Terence and Shannon Lynch of the underground success Conehead Buddha, and members of the mega jam band moe.
Another avenue he has been steadily involved with is the production of music for multimedia. For the last fifteen years Suke has been developing his production and engineering abilities in his own project studio to further enhance his musical visions. He created “Tone Over Tone” in which he composes, performs, engineers, mix’s and masters recordings to be licensed for multimedia applications. This area of music production allows for infinite amounts of creation and timbre. Using conventional instruments, modern technology and a thorough musical background, Suke now creates breathtaking music that utilizes almost any instrument in creation with lush sound design.
His sound is refreshing and his performance is intense. You can always hear diverse musical influences throughout his compositions and soloing. Music from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen to John Coltrane, Roland Kirk, and George Benson. From Jeff Beck and Ozzy to Herbie Hancock, Mingus and Miles. From Igor Stravinsky to Square Pusher and Amon Tobin.
Suke currently resides in New York City with his family and is the Lead Guitar Program Director at the New York City Guitar School. Whether it’s playing in a group context, performing, teaching or creating and producing music, Suke always incorporates a fine balance of taste and technique with a result that’s not soon forgotten. He always keeps his eye and ear to the future while respectfully paying homage to his influences and tradition.
1997-Schleigho-Farewell to the Sun
1998-Schleigho-In the Interest of Time
2001-Schleigho-Live at Hodown
2003-Suke Cerulo-Guitar and Flute
2008-Lynch-At the End of My Rope
2013-Suke Cerulo-One Aim
*2013 Original music for Astra Zeneca corporate video
*2011 Original Score for
"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" Exhibit is open at the American Museum of Natual History from Nov. 19 2011-August 12 2012
*2009 Original Score for
"The Known Universe" by the American Museum of Natural History/Rubin Museum. The film has received over 11 million views on YouTube
*2009 Radio Spot 1010 WINS NY for NYC Guitar School
*2009 Accompanying CD for Teen Guitar Class, NYC Guitar School
*2009 Introduction music for "Isaac Asimov Memorial debate" at the LeFrak Theater at American Museum of Natural History
*2008 Introduction music for "Isaac Asimov Memorial debate" at the LeFrak Theater at American Museum of Natural History
* 2007 "Field Trip to the Moon" a 20 minute documentary currently playing at the Rose Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History NYC. Original score and recording.