The Music Of
Below, "Human Being" 1992
Dan Martin and Michael Biello have been partners in love, art, music and theatre for 27 years. Their songs have been performed from LaMama to Lincoln Center, on ABC, PBS, and a variety of recordings. "Q," a musical revue featuring 16 of their original songs, recently enjoyed an extended run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre and includes the award winning "Clones In Love" as well as "You Do Not Know Me," nominated for a 2000 GLAMA Award for Best Theatre Song. Their music "Breathe," which premiered in Chicago in 1999, won the After Dark Award for Outstanding New Work.
Martin and Biello began working together as members of Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater in the mid 1970's. They have collaborated consistently on dance/theatre/music pieces including "Two Men Dancing" with Ishmael Houston-Jones (1976-80), "Sanctuary" with Jim Self (1993) and "Claire" with Melanie Stewart (1996). They have appeared throughout the U.S. in their original performance art musicals, including "Homo Love Song," and a film based on their song "The Dance" has been screened worldwide including the Berlin Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. Their critically acclaimed musical "X-Posed" was performed in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and San Francisco in 1984 & 1985. [courtesy of their press bio]
At an Outmusic Open Mic, in June, 2002. Above, Dan at the keyboards, and, below, Bill Gross singing one of Dan & Michael's songs from their next project, a musical called "David's Heart"
Dan (left) and Michael, Photo by JD, June 2002
Above, "X-Posed," 1985; Below, "Chosen Family," 1996
One of Dan's finest contributions to our music culture is in the founding of Outmusic. Dan is above, with the current board (left to right) Kevin Hannan, Jon Gilbert Leavitt, and Ed Mannix.
is also a noted producer and co-producer of albums for other artists.
Four examples above are:
and, below, the first album Dan appeared on, as a performer, Tom Wilson Weinberg's "All American Boy," 1982
Below and left, two rare photos of Michael Biello (from The Advocate, November 27, 1980) as a member of the dance group Two Men Dancing. According to the Advocate article, written by Barry Laine, the group has been "using dance, music, narrative and visuals to create performance works that explore the personal dimension--looking at male and gay male identity in very upfront ways." Dan & Michael met through working with this group, and Dan contributed much of its music.
(airdate August 26, 2002)
Above, "Homo Love Song," 1990
At the 2000 GLAMAs: (above) Dan & Michael (below) Tom Bogdan & Michael
Dan produced the CD "Spoon" for Amy Fix (below right, with Susan Abod at the Outmusic Awards in June 2002)
right, Robert Leuze performed three of Dan and Michael's songs on his
1998 album "Songs of Our Lives," and, left, Tom Bogdan's version
of their song "You Do Not Know Me" was nominated in 2000 for
a GLAMA Award for Cast Recording. Below, the essential various artists
CD "A Love Worth Fighting For" contained their classic song
logos for their recent musicals "Q, The Songs of Martin & Biello,"
Click Here for larger scans of the cassettes, including some lyrics