Updated: July 30, 2022
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.
He has also led his own bands Bashier, Magister Ludi and The Michael Lauren All Stars, whose debut CD “Once Upon A Time In Portugal” (2016) and the follow up CD "Old School / Fresh Jazz" (2018) were not only highly praised by both Portuguese and International jazz critics but were chosen as one of the 10 best national albums (Portugal) of 2016 and 2018 respectively. Michael has worked in Broadway theatre productions, in the studios of New York recording albums, jingles, industrials and was a staff drummer for the music publishing company Famous Music.
Michael is the author of seven books: Welcome To Odd Times - An Approach To Mental and Manual Dexterity For The Drum Set, The Book of Silence, The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming, Rudiments And Variations For Drummers, Understanding Rhythm - A Guide To Reading Music, Rhythmic Fundamentals, and Compreender Ritmo. An internationally recognized educator and clinician, Michael has written articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, The Percussive Arts Society’s magazine Percussive Notes and Score Magazine a subdivision of the PBS television series “Rock School”.
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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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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.
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