Traveling for many years throughout North America as singer, songwriter, and guitarist Michael Alan Kowal, Nashista rooted his musical background solidly in extensive live performance on the folk music circuit. Billing himself as 'Uniquely Original in the Folk Tradition', he enchanted cafe and music hall audiences from coast to coast.
A synthesist at heart, Nashista left folk music in 1996 for a lifelong dream of orchestral score writing. For the past 23 years he has focused primarily on writing music for small, independent films, and has produced several cds in the meditative, ambient, and world genres for the healing practices of Yoga, Tai Chi, QiGong, and bodywork.
Since 2017, he has been focusing on creating compositions using free music loops gathered from thousands of other very talented musicians throughout the world and has dedicated his efforts to selling this music solely for humanitarian purposes, focusing on children's organizations in need such as Covenant House, St Judes Foundation, Earthjustice, and many more.