Morphist is a small agency with deep experience in building highly effective marketing campaigns. We find and create assets to communicate the most compelling stories about you or your organization. We develop exciting imagery and persuasive messaging strategies. And we utilize a variety of modern media vehicles to achieve tangible results.
All Morphist work is led by Mike Charlasch, a brand marketing veteran. He has held staff marketing positions at companies including Universal Music Group, Verve, SFJAZZ, Windham Hill, Princess Cruises, Pepsi and Clairol. Mike has produced projects with Mack Avenue Records, Ken Burns, Drumhead, San Jose Jazz, PDX Jazz, Stanford Jazz Workshop, the LA Philharmonic, Jazz Cruises, California Jazz Conservatory, National Geographic, Infiniti, Visa, Levi Strauss, Dole, Symantec, Wilson and more. His MBA is in marketing, from the UCLA Anderson School.
During this time, Mike has worked with some of the leading figures in jazz, blues, rock and world music such as Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar, Diana Krall, John Scofield, Kamasi Washington, Simon Phillips, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Eddie Palmieri, Tony Bennett, Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, Tierney Sutton, Charles Lloyd, Steve Gadd, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Lionel Loueke, John McLaughlin, Shakti, Taj Mahal, Robert Glasper, Tower of Power, George Benson, Marcus Miller, Brad Mehldau, Bill Kwan, Paco de Lucía, Jack DeJohnette, Vince Mendoza, Eliane Elias, Lenny White, Jimmy Smith, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Chris Botti, Youssou N’Dour, Tony Williams, Charlie Haden, Joshua Redman, Brian Culbertson, Christian McBride, Scott Kinsey, Nicholas Payton, Jimmy Haslip, Randy Waldman, Derek Sherinian, Joe Louis Walker, Kevin Hays, Keb’ Mo’ and many others.
Hélène Paulette Côté is an award-winning creative director and graphic designer with decades of experience in some of the world’s largest advertising agencies. Based in New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Hélène has managed creative teams at high-profile shops including FCB, Chiat\Day, DDB, RAPP and DMB&B. She has worked with myriad blue-chip clients including Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Procter & Gamble, Chase Bank, DirectTV, the US Navy and more. Hélène has received Primetime Emmy, Cannes Lions, London International, One Show Gold Pencil and many other awards.
Originally from Montréal where she studied art and design, Hélène is also an established silkscreen printmaker and painter. Her work has been shown around the world, including at the prestigious Salon d’Automne in Paris. She is currently represented by the KALA Gallery in Berkeley, California. Virtually all recent Morphist projects reflect her graphic design capabilities and some include her original paintings as well.