5 Drummerszone artists - Morgan ├ůgren

Morgan ├ůgren
* July 13, 1967
Sweden, United States
Morgan ┼gren has been a drummer since age four. In Batteur Magazine (June 2003), ┼gren tells:
"My parents bought me a drum set when I was five. I am pretty much self-taught. I had some nice teachers, but I learned most from listening to good records and concerts. I saw Buddy Rich play when I was 10 years old, and that opened up a lot for me. Cause inspiration was, and still is one of the most important things I think. When I heard Buddy play, I wanted to play like him, I didn't ask any questions, I just ran to the drum set and tried to do something close to what he did. Later on, I found drummers that were even more appealing to me. (...) Some of my favorite drummers are also inspiring composers, like Christian Vander, Daniel Denis and Bill Bruford."
Born in Umeň, Sweden, Mr. ┼gren was spotted as an outstanding talent at a young age as he began performing publicly at age seven. Eventually Morgan joined forces with Mats Íberg in 1981, when he was 14 years old. They later formed Zappsteetoot together in 1984, a band internationally known for performing Zappa's music.

In 1988, Morgan ┼gren age 20 was, along with Mats, invited by Frank Zappa to do a guest performance at Mr. Zappa's Stockholm peformance. Blown away by his skills, Mr. Zappa invited Morgan to the States to partake in several projects, including the 1994 Grammy Award winning CD "Zappa's Universe" with Steve Vai as well as a sold out New York performance of Zappa's classical program at Lincoln Centers Great Performers Series at Avery Fisher Hall.

Morgan also shares the drummers seat with Terry Bozzio on Dweezil Zappa 's album "Shampoohorn". In 1996 Morgan has toured throughout Europe as member of Glen Hughes band, and later to Japan in 1997. 1996 also saw the formation of Morgan ┼gren's own record label Ultimate Audio Entertainment, dedicated to the release of "new" music.

Morgan has recorded several albums as a member of "The Flesh Quartet", amongst them the Grammy Award winning "Goodbye Sweden" and "Flow" (Award for Best Album 1993). In addition to his international performances with Zappa's Universe and with Mats Íberg in the Mats & Morgan Band.

Morgan was featured in a unique project, May 1997, of the Swedish Film Institute, making his debut in the movie theaters and at several international film festivals. Described as a sound experience, the 4 minute 35mm short-film "Lullaby for lost souls" showcases Morgan in "a free-form Stereo Dolby drum explosion".

Morgan also drummed on "Sol Niger Within", the solo album by Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordendal.