New Yorker Michael Lauren moved from New York City in 2003 to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal.
Born in 1950 he has been drumming since the age of eight and his artistry crosses the boundaries of jazz, blues, funk, rock, and world music.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Darlene Love, Martha Reeves, Milt Hinton, Teo Macero, Bob Stewart, Jerry Jermott, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Davern, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Robert Kraft, Don Sebesky, Orquestra Jazz Matosinhos, The Postcard Brass Band, Jorge Costa Pinto Big Band, The Mario Santos Quintet, The Hugo Alves Quartet, Orquestra Jazz Algarve, 2 Tubas & Friends and many others.
“an exceptional sense of groove”
José Antonio García López, Tomajazz
Michael formed his All Star band with some of Portugal’s best jazz musicians to continue performing the hard bop he loves. The repertoire covers music made famous by musicians such as Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan and Hoagy Carmichael, as well as music composed by Michael and other members of his band.
The Michael Lauren All Stars
Driven by Internationally recognized Drummer/Educator Michael Lauren, The Michael Lauren All Stars consist of some of Portugal’s finest jazz musicians playing accessible contemporary hard bop. Their debut album, “Once Upon A Time In Portugal” selected as one of the 10 Best National Albums of 2016 (Arte Sonora), is swinging, passionate and dynamic.
“effort, talent and creative originality” – José Antonio García López, Tomajazz
“For Michael Lauren, ‘It don’t mean a thing…’ are words to live by” – Illya Stemkovsky, Modern Drummer Magazine
“Exciting music, rooted in the hard bop tradition without being mired in the past”. – Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz
“Michael Lauren is a master of time. You will be awed by Lauren’s ability to play in the pocket, while consistently referencing melody.” Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama
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.