Featured in Filter Magazine's 'Discover The Undiscovered' and Deli Magazine for Best of NYC Emerging Artists. My Pet Dragon is led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Todd Michaelsen and actress/dancer/singer Reena Shah. MPD’s unique performances include Michaelsen's soaring vocals with strong pop melodies and Shah’s dancing influenced by the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam, and nods to electronic music and stadium rock. My Pet Dragon’s anthemic songs and powerful live show has drawn comparisons to Arcade Fire, Coldplay, and Smashing Pumpkins.
You've heard their song "Moonshine" from their last LP Mountains and Cities featured in Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine's 1st National TV Commercial Campaign which aired on the Discovery Channel for 2 years. Todd also composed the score for the award-winning animated feature film, Sita Sings The Blues, and Reena was the speaking voice of Sita & rotoscoped dancer. They are currently working on a new My Pet Dragon LP - set for release in 2014.
MPD toured the North American music festival tour circuit in 2012 & 2013 which included: Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the US Cellular One Stage with MUTEMATH & The Walkmen, the inaugural Catalpa NYC Festival on Randall's Island with the Black Keys and TV on the Radio, the KahBang Festival in Bangor, Maine with Dr. Dog, and the Deftones, the Breckenridge Beer Festival in Colorado, Alive@Five in Stamford, Connecticut, Pittsburgh Pridefest with Melissa Etheridge, SAWFest in Salem, New York, NXNE in Toronto, and the Life is Beautiful Festival Afterparty at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.
Todd Michaelsen was named a Finalist for the International Songwriting Competition for his song Moonshine in the AAA Category out of 16,000 entries. Fuse TV featured My Pet Dragon’s official music video for Moonshine and is in-rotation on radio stations across the United States. Todd was named as a finalist for the 2011 Peacedriven Songwriting Award for Love Anthem, which was chosen to be a part of the Music for Occupy compilation Occupy This Album to support the movement. The compilation includes songs by Yoko Ono, Mogwai, Patti Smith, Tom Morello, Ani Di Franco, Thievery Corporation, Yo La Tengo, and more.
Todd Michaelsen, originally from Granville, NY, has collaborated with world-renowned artists Karsh Kale, Nina Paley, and Anoushka Shankar. In 2006, he sang and co-wrote 3 songs off Karsh Kale's "Broken English" including Dancing at Sunset which received rave reviews and heavy radio airplay in Europe, India, and the U.S. In 2007 he co-wrote a song called Abyss on Karsh Kale and Anoushka Shankar's stunning "Breathing UnderWater" album which also featured Norah Jones and Sting. In 2008, Michaelsen composed the score and wrote original songs for Nina Paley's critically acclaimed animated feature film "Sita Sings the Blues" which has won numerous awards around the world and continues to garner a huge cult following. Most recently he teamed up with Kale again on his gorgeous "CINEMA" album on the song Phoenix Rising on which he sang and co-wrote.
Reena Shah, originally from Livingston, NJ, was the speaking voice of Sita in Sita Sings the Blues as well as the rotoscoped dancer & singer in the film. She was the Assistant Choreographer and a dancer for the Universal Pictures film, The Guru, where she taught Indian dancing to Marisa Tomei, Heather Graham, Jimi Mistry, and Michael McKean. She has appeared with Conan on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in a comedic Bollywood Skit. Reena portrayed real-life gang-rape victim Mukthar Mai in the documentary play Seven produced by Vital Voices Global Parterhip at La Mama Theater in New York City, the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in Deauville, France and Goldman Sachs Diversity Week in London, England. She also narrarted the PBS Independent Lens Documenatary, A Dream In Doubt. Reena appeared opposite actor Ajay Naidu in his directorial debut, ASHES. Reena has taught workshops and performed Indian Dancing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Midsummer Night Swing, The Kennedy Center, The White House 2011 Easter Egg Roll, 2010 Sundance Film Festival, 2010 Maine International Film Festival, 2009 Wakarusa Music Festival, Central Park Summerstage, S.O.B.’s, Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, and in cities throughout Peru with the American Film Institute's 20/20 Program.
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