New Yorker Michael Lauren (b.1950) internationally recognized artist and educator began playing drums at the age of 8. His artistry crosses the boundaries of jazz, blues, funk, rock, and world music. In 2003 Michael relocated from New York City to Portugal to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Darlene Love, Tom Harrell, Rick Margitza, Bob Stewart Silje Nergaard, Dena DeRose, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Robert Kraft, Milt Hinton, Teo Macero, Jerry Jemmott, Bob Mintzer, Don Sebesky, Orquestra Jazz Matosinhos, The Postcard Brass Band, Orquestra Jorge Costa Pinto, The Mario Santos Quintet, The Hugo Alves Quartet, Orquestra Jazz Algarve, 2 Tubas & Friends and many others.
The Michael Lauren All Stars 2016 debut album “Once Upon A Time In Portugal” was not only highly praised by both Portuguese and International jazz critics but was also chosen as one of the 10 best national albums (Portugal) of 2016.
The Michael Lauren All Stars
Michael formed his All Star band with some of Portugal’s best and most experienced jazz musicians in order to create the opportunity to play the music he likes to play, in the way that gives him the most pleasure.
The Michael Lauren All Stars play exciting, eclectic, accessible, contemporary Jazz rooted in the Hard Bop tradition. Their new album “Old School / Fresh Jazz” presents a mix of duets and larger ensemble pieces which not only showcases Michael’s versatility as a drummer, but highlights the talents of the All Stars.
“A high quality musical work” – Tomajazz
”Old School / Fresh Jazz is an inclusive multi-stylistic album that showcases today’s eclectic state of Contemporary Jazz. The Michael Lauren All Stars 2016 debut album “Once Upon A Time In Portugal” was not only highly praised by both Portuguese and International jazz critics but was also chosen as one of the 10 best national albums (Portugal) of 2016.
“A generous compilation of sparkling new music, this CD delivers its jazz promise multiple times over” – Debbie Burke/author
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The Postcard Brass Band
The Postcard Brass Band is not your typical quartet. It is a band that challenges the established concepts of what a modern music listener generally hears from an ensemble of this size. Instead of one type of repertoire, the eclectic Postcard Brass Band plays a variety of musical styles.
From the music of Henry Mancini, John Zorn, and Wayne Shorter, to Macedonia popular songs, traditional Dixieland and funk, all forms of music are possible with this quartet. Playing instrumental music only, The Postcard Brass Band breaks the boundaries of commercial music by violating the usual three and a half minute song. This is an improvising unit.
With New York drummer Michael Lauren and the tuba phenomenon, Sérgio Carolino, and because there is no harmonic instrumentation, the musical journeys that these musicians undertake is a real challenge for saxophonist Mário Marques and the trombonist Ruben Santos, who must reach deep into their intuitive musical capabilities, due to this lack of chordal support.
Their first album, released in 2007 (The Postcard Brass Band), was applauded by the critics. The band’s 2nd CD POP & ROLL was awarded the “2012 Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording” – Category Jazz / Commercial / Pop, delivered on 25 May 2012 at the Bruckner Hall in the city of Linz, Austria.
“Pop and Roll is an amazingly diverse album” – Thomas J. Ricer, DMA, Yamaha Performing Artist
“There are attributes that are key for me in music: joy, emotion, humor, surprise and the genius. They are all found in Pop & Roll… an extraordinary listening experience!” – Jorge Prendas, Composer, Director of Educational Service Casa da Música
International Drum Academy
The International Drum Academy (IDA) is a creative and disciplined musical environment in which drum students of all experience levels study and develop their individual drumming skills. The IDA is a club of drummers who learn music as a shared experience. A training center, where ideas are exchanged, the IDA will teach new musical skills and have old skills refined.
Founded in 1977, Drummers Collective is the world’s premiere drum school. With a Internationally recognized faculty of world class musicians who love to teach and located in NYC, Drummers Collective has established and continues to establish, world wide, the standard for drum set education.
Orquestra Jazz Algarve
Artistic Director Hugo Alves founded the Algarve Jazz Orchestra (OJA) in 2004. With a record of hundreds of concerts, OJA is a milestone in the Portuguese panorama of Jazz Orchestras.
OJA has performed in the Loulé Jazz Festival, Lagos Jazz Festival, Arte A Big Band Festival (Lisbon), S. Luiz Jazz Festival (Lisbon), OJA Jazz Fest and many others. It has also performed before the Portuguese Government in the Assembly of the Republic. OJA performs in a wide variety of venues and events, due to its versatile repertoires which range from the most classic American Big Bands repertoires such as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones to the more recent Big Bands of Bob Mintzer and Maynard Ferguson.
Other repertoires include Latin-Jazz, Basie-Sinatra or Christmas themes. OJA has featured in its concerts International and National musicians such as Bobby Medina (USA), Antonio Ciacca (ITA), Michael Lauren (USA), Guto Lucena (BRA), Peter Wetherhill (USA), Lars Arens (GER), Peter King (UK), Arturo Serra (ES) Tom Fitzpatrick (UK), Miguel Martins (POR), José Menezes (POR), Luis Cunha (POR), Maria Anadon (POR), and many others.
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