Songwriter/Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist Michael Thurber is a musical chameleon. Whether composing scores for The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing bass in The Late Show With Stephen Colbert house band, scoring commercials for Vanity Fair and BBC, or co-founding the hit YouTube channel CDZA (30 million views), Thurber has been guided by Duke Ellington’s principal: There are only two genres of music - good and bad. Make the good kind.
As a Theater lyricist/composer, Michael made his international debut scoring Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Oscar winner Tarell McCraney. He has scored numerous Public Theater productions, including Shakespeare In The Park's Merry Wives, Romeo Y Julieta starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Richard II starring André Holland.
Michael’s Broadway-bound musical GODDESS will have its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in the spring of 2021.
As a bassist, Michael has performed with James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Lianne La Havis, Cee Lo Green, Yo Yo Ma, The Zombies, Lin Manuel Miranda, Jon Batiste, Tessa Lark and many others.
As a producer, Thurber’s career began in 2012 when he co-founded CDZA, a YouTube channel with 30 Million views. CDZA was a headliner at the first ever YouTube Music Awards alongside Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem and MIA.
Michael has produced/co-written records in the R&B, Indie, Jazz and Classical spaces, including Downbeat Magazine’s Critic Pick Alma Oscura. Most recently, Michael has been releasing singles under his own name.
Michael studied at Juilliard and sits on the Board of NPR’s From The Top.