Michael Bellar/the AS-IS Ensemble - The AS-IS Ensemble is the musical home of musician/producer Michael Bellar. This highly excitable, alt-jazz group has opened for John Scofield, Tea Leaf Green, Medeski Martin and Wood, Oliver Wood (of the Wood Brothers) and JFJO. They have performed at such venues as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, South By Southwest, t...
he JVC, Bell Atlantic and New York City Winter Jazz Festivals and were formerly the house band at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City. In a review of their first ever performance in New York City,they were hailed as “GENERATION NEXT” by Billboard Magazine. The group has recorded three studio CDs – “Turned On Turned Up” (2009), “Like It Is,” and “REACT!”Featured on the latest release "Turned On Turned Up," are bassist Rob Jost (Imogen Heap, Bjork), drummer Brad Wentworth (Ryan Keberle. Aretha Franklin) and percussionist Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones, Jessie Harris).
In addition to the AS-IS Ensemble, Michael has toured or recorded with Amos Lee, Art Garfunkel, Howie Day, Wheatus, Teddy Geiger, Jump Little Children, Jay Clifford's Rosebud and Euro pop star Giorgia. His national TV appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, the Conan O'Brien Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show, TRL, Good Morning America, Regis and Kathy Lee and the CBS Morning Show. Michael has produced and scored music for CUT Music (LA), Fluid (NYC), Bang Music and Razorhead.