Mike Marcinowski is a Brooklyn based drummer, percussionist and educator. Equally at home in rock, jazz and new music realms, he enjoys bringing the subtlety and nuance of free improvisation to tightly arranged pop music. While primarily a drum set player, Mike also plays djembe, dunduns, congas and mallet percussion. His current projects include the indie rock inspired Tim Haufe Band, the solo drums/synth act Big Ceremony and Paper Trails – an improvised guitar, sax and drum trio. He can also be found accompanying world music dance classes with the Mark Morris Dance Group, teaching drum, improvisation and composition lessons and collaborating with like-minded musicians, dancers and singers.
Mike earned degrees in Classical Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology from Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2008 he traveled to Bamako, Mali to study folkloric drumming with master drummer Karim Tounkara of Les Ballets Malien. His principal teachers have been Bob Gullotti, Bob Weiner, Chad Taylor, Sekou Sylla, Morgan Zwerlein, Ches Smith and Gerald Cleaver. Mike has toured the US several times backing alternative rock bands and avant-garde musical theater/cabaret acts, and feels equally at home performing in large concert halls and basements /DIY art spaces.