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Michael Griener

Michael Griener (drums)

Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1968, began playing drums in 1982, lives in Berlin since 1994. Under the influence of the HOHE-UFER-concerts initiated by Günter Christmann he became involved early on in the various forms of Jazztradition, Free Improvisation and New Music, which led to a longer collaboration with Christmann in his Vario-projects (a.o. C.I.M.-Festival Den Haag 1990, Moers-Festival 1992, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik1993, Interplay FMP 2006).

His current projects include a.o.:

SQUAKK, Lacy Pool, TGW, Ulrich Gumpert Quartett, a Duo with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Carl-Ludwig Hübsch' Primordial Soup

Played a.o. with

Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, Mal Waldron, Evan Parker, Dave Liebman, John Zorn, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky , Barry Guy, Paul Lovens, Zeena Parkins, Keith Tippett, Butch Morris, Uli Gumpert, Aki Takase, Mats Gustafsson, Alexander v. Schlippenbach, Joelle Leandre, Günter Christmann, Conny Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Frank Gratkowski, Phil Minton, Tony Buck, Matthias Schubert, David Moss, Axel Dörner, Lu Hübsch, Claudio Puntin, Sirone, Joachim Kühn, John Butcher

CD-releases a.o. on Intakt, Moers Music, FMP, Ayler records, between the lines, Mons Records, Laika Records, Konnex, Hybrid


Received the 1. price as "most creative soloist" at the "New German Jazz Award" in 2006

His duo KIMMO ELOMAA with electronic wizard jayrope received a grant by the city of Berlin in 2002


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„M.G.moved from Nürnberg to Berlin some years ago and is since then one of the most demanded drummers for all cases. Played with traditional heroes like Herb Ellis, radical players like Barry Guy, stars of the Berlin scene like Axel Dörner or sound explorers like Zeena Parkins. He proofed to be the perfect player for all opportunities, as he understands to play the most special idea in his very own way finding the right balance between his own play and the given context. His self-taught style merging flow and fragility is unique as well as his coolness.”

Eric Mandel for the program of “JazzFest Berlin”

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Advanced only


Teaches jazz drumming at the University for Music “Carl Maria v. Weber” in Dresden.




Intakt Records



Lumo Records


Willisau & Berlin

Intakt Records


Willisau & Berlin

Creative Sources



Creative Sources


Lacy Pool

Hat Hut Records




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