Mikael Jorgensen

Mikael Jorgensen (born June 4, 1972) is lead pianist and keyboardist for the band Wilco as well as a member of the bands Pronto and Quindar.[1][2]

Mikael Jorgensen
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Background information
Born (1972-06-04) June 4, 1972 (age 49)
Years active2002-present
Associated actsWilco, Pronto, Quindar, Movere Workshop


Prior to his days in Chicago and with Wilco, Mikael honed his musical skills in New Brunswick, New Jersey, developing his production skills, collaborating with local musicians and DJing.

In 1999, he released the album "Western Hamlet" with the group Movere Workshop.[3]

Jorgensen, an ex-Chicago-based engineer and now full-time musician initially came aboard Wilco in 2002 to perform real-time sound manipulations on the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tour, sitting just off stage left.[2] As the tour rolled on, Jorgensen gradually moved onto the stage itself, manning his laptop as well as taking on more and more keyboard duties.

"It became apparent that Mike was a very proficient piano player that could do a lot more than we were using him for," says Wilco singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy.[4] "At that point, he started becoming a full-fledged member of the band, contributing parts to the new songs and even handling more of the nuts-and-bolts architecture of the older songs."[4]

He first appeared on Wilco's 2004 release, A Ghost Is Born.[3] On that album, he received songwriting credit for "Hell is Chrome" and "Theologians".

Personal lifeEdit

Jorgensen's father was born in Denmark but moved to the United States in the 1950s, and his mother was born in Hedmark, Norway.[citation needed] He has earned a degree at DeVry University in North Brunswick, New Jersey.[5] He lives in Ojai, California.[3]


  1. ^ Pescovitz, David (2018-06-01). "Enjoy these delightful piano lessons from Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  2. ^ a b Martinez, Alex (1978-01-29). "Check Ahead: Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O'Keeffe - Soundcheck". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen shows his synth side in Santa Monica". The Argonaut Newsweekly. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Jake (2004-04-16). "Wilco – A Ghost Is Born press release". Glorious Noise. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  5. ^ "Workin' It: Wilco Keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen: Wilco does, indeed, love you. on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2020-08-17.

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