Michael Thurber, double bass

Michael Thurber

Whether playing bass on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, composing music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, or co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZAMichael Thurber has a musical voice that defies genre and category. He has forged an entirely individualized path that is based solely off his eclectic love of music, culture, and people. As a composer, Thurber made his international theater debut writing the score for “Antony and Cleopatra,” a co-production between The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford, UK) and The Public Theater (NY, NY). His concert music has been performed by orchestras around the country including the Louisville Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. His work has been commissioned by such esteemed institutions as NPR’s “From The Top,” The International Horn Society, and Elisa Monte Dance. Thurber was co-founder and music-director of one of YouTube’s biggest music collectives, CDZA, which within its first two years of formation garnered over 26 Million views and 290k channel subscribers. CDZA performed at ED@nyc and was featured on NPR as well as headlining the first ever YouTube Music Awards alongside Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem, and MIA.