Two-time winner of 'Best Original Guitarist' at the Buffalo Music Awards, Mike Criscione's tenure as a musician has taken him through a number of angular phases. In his unlikely evolution from progressive rock guitarist (formerly of the band Riley), to singer/songwriter, to the live looping artist, right angle turns have been the norm. His current style of live performance typically entails singing, playing a variety of stringed instruments, stomping on MIDI footpedals (functioning as a bass), and controlling live digital loops...all at the same time. On BALANCE, his debut solo recording, Criscione performs on over ten different instruments along with percussionist Tim O'Connell. Completely self-recorded, mixed, and mastered, BALANCE covers an impressive array of styles interwoven with an acoustic/rock foundation. It's tracks not only resonate with the full spectrum of modern instrumentation, but at times complete orchestral scores and world percussion.