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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: July 6, 1959

Since 1989 he has been playing intensively with the outstanding lithuanian soprano-saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas in many different international projects.

Klaus Kugel is one of the most inventive and adventurous German drummers. He attracted attention worldwide through projects with Petras Vysniauskas, Karl Berger, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, Kent Carter, Michel Pilz, Theo Jörgensmann, Kenny Wheeler, Vyacheslav Ganelin, Bobo Stenson, Glen Moore, Steve Swell, Sabir Mateen, Robert Dick, Ken Filiano, Peter Evans, Bruce Eisenbeil, Perry Robinson, Albrecht Maurer, Arkady Shilkloper, Sirone, Eric Vloeimans, Burton Greene, Hilliard Greene, Vijay Iyer, Charles Gayle, John Lindberg, Herb Robertson, Louie Belogenis, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Bobby Few a.m. o.....
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”Most ensembles can only wish for a percussionist with such high skill and perceptive musicianship as Klaus Kugel” - Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

“Percussionist Klaus Kugel is a commanding force behind the drum set. He creates layers of tension drawn out from intuitive listening. There is a constant emotional swelling underlying every fill and cymbal crash.” - John Barron, April 2007, JAZZREVIEW.COM, USA

“These three discs ... show Kugel as a drummer whose nearly boundless energy and imagination cannot be confined by neat categories.” - Ed Hazel, SIGNAL TO NOISE, USA, 2006

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