Merlin Ettore (est. 1984), third generation percussionist, is a hybrid artist performing in a frenetic, jaw dropping yet clearly genetic style.
1986: Merlin, age 2, destroys his mother's kitchenware with makeshift drumsticks.
1996: Merlin, age 12, plays his first professional gig.
2006: Merlin, age 22, has released his first album, played his fourth canadian tour, and is planning his third european.
2007: Merlin's drumming wizardry puzzles and astonishes peers, audiences and collaborators.
Collaborators, on stage and in studio, include Quebec percussion superstar Luc Boivin, jazz legend Guy Nadon, Frank Zappa's keyboardist Don Preston, King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, world renowned installation artists Dejode / Lacombe and sound architect Nick Bugayev.
Recent clients include a commission from the Montreal Museum of Archeology and History for the 2007 Port Symphonies, exclusive percussion workshop with the Cirque du Soleil executive, exclusive performance for Louis Vuitton Inc., conception and performance for McDonalds, Merlin has also worked extensively as a promoter and event producer.
His latest project, furious percussion duo Blandiloquentia, has been invited to appear at the Montreal Museum of Modern Art and at the Montreal Drumfest 2007. Their first album is scheduled for release in fall 2007.
Merlin is officially endorsed by Ableton Software, Yamaha Drums and Paiste cymbals. He divides his time between Montreal, Berlin and Milan.