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 was head of the Jazz Department (2005-2010, 2015-2017) 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, Tom Harrell, Bob Stewart, Dena DeRose, Bob Mintzer, Milt Hinton, Rick Margitza, Markus Burger, Jerry Jemmott, Kenny Davern, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Silje Nergaard, Ted Curson, Robert Kraft, Don Sebesky, Darlene Love, Martha Reeves, Cornelius Bumpus, Teo Macero, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bobby Radcliff, Grant Green Jr., T.M. Stevens, Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos, Jorge Costa Pinto Big Band, Quinteto Mario Santos, The Postcard Brass Band, Hugo Alves Quartet, Orquestra Jazz Algarve, 2 Tubas & Friends and many others. He has also led his own bands Bashier, Magister Ludi and The Michael Lauren All Stars, whose 2016 debut CD “Once Upon A Time In Portugal” was not only highly praised by both Portuguese and International jazz critics but was chosen as one of the 10 best 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.