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1998 is seen as a year of enormous development for Stevens. He formed a new band, called the Mike Stevens Project, and with the recording Normally Anomaly presented a soup of influences equal parts bluegrass, Delta blues, Balinese Gamelan, and strongly Arabic in rhythmic conception. The recording also featured solos in which Stevens utilized electronic processing equipment and samplers to create complex harems of harmonica lines. The diversity of his playing interests has of course led to a wide variety of playing contexts, the circles broadening like ripples from a stone tossed in the water. He continues to play bluegrass dates with Jim & Jesse, the Lewis Family, and the McLains among others. He performs solo harmonica concerts in which many of his different interests get playing time. He also works in a duo setting with innovative bluegrass-based Raymond McLain, and tours with the Mike Stevens Project group, highlighting the kind of rocking blues which have always been a comfortable place for the harmonica. Yet he shows no signs of standing still in that realm, and in 2000 released The World Is Only Air, a collection of original and traditional Canadian fiddle tunes played on the harmonica. There are very few musicians who have taken on this challenging repertoire on the harmonica for the simple reason that it constitutes an incredibly difficult technical feat. The rave reviews for this album indicate that Stevens was more than up to the task at hand. He also picks up a variety of random calls to provide harp sweetening to other artists' recordings or live dates, including a pretty regular presence in Nashville studios. In 2001, director Brian White completed Harmonica Crossing, a film portrait of Stevens.

In 1992, Stevens was hired to work with newly formed pop group Take That , becoming their musical director the following year. [4] He toured with the group until their split in 1996, playing keyboards, saxophone and guitar as well as backing vocals. [3] His work with Take That made him an in-demand musical director for other touring pop groups; he subsequently directed Eurythmics , Mika , Sugababes , James Morrison , Will Young , Geri Halliwell , Boyzone , B*Witched , 911 and Five . [3] Upon Take That's reformation in 2006, Stevens was re-hired as their musical director, employing musicians such as Milton McDonald , Lee Pomeroy, Donovan Hepburn, Bernie Smith, and Marcus Byrne to create the live band. [4] Stevens has supervised or performed at events such as Live 8 in London , The Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute Concert , and concerts for The Prince's Trust . [4]

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