Marcus L. Miller

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Born: September 9, 1970    Primary Instrument: Drums

Marcus L. Miller

Artist/percussionist, composer, and educator Marcus L. Miller is a multi-talented artist based in Southern California. Since his arrival in CA in 1993, Miller has worked tirelessly in the music and education fields, carving out a unique niche for himself and his abilities.

Miller is bandleader of his World/Jazz ensemble Freedom Jazz Movement. Miller founded the group in 1998 and since then they have played throughout the East and West coasts of North America. Miller writes the music for the group and usually performs with his jazz sextet. The group's size ranges from a duo to a 12 piece ensemble including three percussionists, a three piece horn section, traps, bass, piano, vocals, poet, and dancer. Based in Los angeles, the group performs often with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at various theatres throughout the United States and internationally....
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“Mercurial...A galvanizing jazz ensemble” - L.A. Times, “Electrifying and Energetic!” - Durham Sun, “A tasteful fusion bag” - L.A Weekly, “Cacophonous & Multihued...Miller’s fine band” -Orange County register, “Psychedelic, swirling jazz beats recalling the ‘70s &‘80s” -Portfolio Magazine, “Dynamite!” - The Virginian Pilot
Back Again - Marcus L. Miller 2007 Universe Soul records Body, Soul, & Spirit - Marcus L. Miller 2005 Universe Soul records The Formless Trio project - formless trio 2004 Foma Publishing It's Miller Time - Marcus L. Miller 2003 Universe Soul records All Same to God - BoujouBumBastick 2002 Universe Soul records Los angeles View Suite - Marcus L. Miller 1999 Universe Soul records Flowers Stolen from the Yards of old folks -Bobby Bryant Jazz Poetry Collective 1998 United States of Africa - Wadada Khu Fu 1999 Live at the Great Negus - Leon Mobley & Da Lion 1997 Why Walk When you can fly - Angel City Chorale 1999 Liquid - Liquid Amber 1995 Daylight - Given 1995 The church sessions - Given 1994 The centennial celebration - The United Holy Church of America Mass Choir 1986 Alright - Virginia District Mass Choir 1983

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Los Angeles, CA

Willing to teach:

Chesapeake (VA) public School System 1992 New Roads School percussion teacher 1998-2002 Community Harvest Charter School percussion teacher 2002-2006 Ocean Charter School 2005-present William Grant Still art center percussion instructor 2003-present Lula Washington Dance Theatre drum teacher 1998-present Private Drum teacher 1989-present;over 100 students serviced $50/hr-children 6-17; $75/hr-adults 18+

Clinic/Workshop Information:
MarcusMillerDrums... The workshop focuses on the music and cultures of Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, USA, West Africa, Japan, India, and the Caribbean nations. Drums are used to help participants tap into the rhythm of life. Miller started the workshops in 1997 at the St. Elmo Village art center. "Saturday mornings, kids would gather and we would play traditional rhythms as well original on drums, buckets, cans, anything we could find to make a sound." Miller has worked with numerous organizations and has facilitated workshops for thousands of audiences in North America, Mexico, & the Caribbean. He has worked with the Skirball Cultural Center, Los angeles County Museum of Art, CA Africam-American Museum, the Getty Museum, KidsSpace Museum, LA Public & County library systems, Inland Empire Public library system, Riverside Public Library system, STAR Foundation, Jack& Jill, Boys & Girls Club of America, the Heart Foundation, A Chance for Children Foundation(a.k.a. Camp Baywatch), Global Arts To Go, Manhattan Beach cultural arts center, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, William Grant Still art center, St. Elmo Village, Percussion Artists Workshop, Heart of Los Angeles, ArtSmart-San Francisco, SmartSpace-Culver City, and many others. Workshop focus: • Children learn the names & origins of various drums as well as the language[drum] associated with each drum. • Students also participate by playing rhythms and singing songs. • Culturally correct & historically accurate stories are used to relate valuable lessons or important facts. • Fosters better communication between different ethnic groups •Teaches participants basic music notation and counting concepts • Introduces participants to basic rhythm patterns

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