Michael Lauren

Michael Lauren

Instrument: Drums | Location: Lisbon

Michael Lauren is a master of time. You will be awed by Lauren’s ability to play in the pocket, while consistently referencing melody. He plays with the biggest ears, which serve not only for essential listening, but also to marvel and comment on the balletic approach of the other players.
—JazzdaGama

Updated: July 2, 2021

Born: January 16, 1950

New Yorker Michael Lauren (b.1950) began drumming at the age of eight. His artistry fuses the boundaries of jazz, blues, funk, rock, and world music. Michael attended Johns Hopkins University, The Peabody Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

He is a founding member of the world-renowned Drummers Collective NYC, where he taught for over twenty-five years. Michael was the Professor of Drum Set Studies (2003-2020) and head of the Jazz Department (2005-2010 & 2015-2017) at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) Porto, Portugal.

He is currently Professor of Drum Set Studies at Escuela Superior de Música Jam Session Barcelona, España and is the founder / artistic director of The International Drum Academy Lisbon, Portugal.

Michael has performed and/or recorded with Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Bob Stewart, Bob Mintzer, Milt Hinton, Ted Curson, Rick Margitza, Bill Frisell, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Darlene Love, Martha Reeves, Don Sebesky, Teo Macero, Jerry Jemmott, Kenny Davern, Mike Stern, Silje Nergaard, Dena DeRose, Robert Kraft, Cornelius Bumpus, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bobby Radcliff, Popa Chubby, Grant Green Jr., T.M. Stevens, Markus Burger, Orquestra Jazz Matosinhos, Orquestra Jazz Algarve, Jorge Costa Pinto Big Band, Quinteto Mario Santos, Hugo Alves Quartet, The Postcard Brass Band, 2 Tubas & Friends and many others

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”When the new mainstream threatens to be no more than a dead end alley, Michael takes it back to where it belongs, providing swing, passion and dynamics”. João Moreira Santos - “Jazz a Dois” - Antenna 2 (Portugal)

“Michael Lauren leaves a masterly and hopeful footprint with this great recorded work, in which he joins the past and the present, with effort, talent and creative originality. This is a magnificent recording with eloquent improvisations”. José Antonio García López - Tomajazz (España)

“Drummer Michael Lauren delivers a no-nonsense blowing date of hard bop-style jazz

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Lisbon

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teacher Drummers Collective (NYC) 25 years Professor Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. Founder and artistic director of The International Drum Academy, Lisbon, Portugal. Hours and Rates upon request

Clinic/Workshop Information

Workshops/MasterClasses over the years: What Make A Complete Drummer? Understanding Rhythm Creating the Monster Groove American Musical Drumming Styles Cross Rhythms and Polyrhythms on the Drum Set Odd Meter Drumming Rudiments and their application on the Drum Set Jazz Drumming – A Stylistic Approach History of Jazz Drumming Concepts and Approaches to Drum Soloing Michael Lauren www.michael-lauren.com [email protected] 351 918 409 620

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