Michael Lauren / About
Born in New York on January 16, 1950 Michael Lauren has been drumming since the
age of eight. His artistry crosses the boundaries of jazz, blues, funk, rock, and world music. Michael attended The Johns Hopkins University B.A., 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 is currently Professor of Drum Set Studies and head of the Jazz Department at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. He is also the founder and artistic director of The International Drum Academy, Lisbon, Portugal.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Darlene Love, Milt Hinton, Teo Macero, Jerry Jemmott, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Davern, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Robert Kraft, Don Sebesky, Markus Burger, Bob Stewart, The Postcard Brass Band, Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, Jorge Costa Pinto Big Band, The Mario Santos Quintet, The Hugo Alves Quartet, Orquestra de Jazz do Algarve, 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” was chosen as one of the 10 best albums national albums (Portugal) of 2016. Michael has worked in Broadway theatre productions and in the studios of New York recording jingles, industrials and albums, 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”.
Michael endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals and sticks, and Remo drumheads.