5 Drummerszone artists - Lucas van Merwijk

Lucas van Merwijk
* January 24, 1961
The Netherlands
Ever since he was a kid, Lucas van Merwijk, born in 1961, has been under the spell of drums.

He was elected 'Best Jazz drummer' in the Benelux countries by the readers of "De Slagwerkkrant" (a professional Dutch Drum magazine) for six years running (1993-1999). Furthermore, he was elected best Fusiondrummer in the Benelux in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999.

After an intensive study of Afro-Cuban drums with drummer Oscarito Valdes (Irakere) in Cuba, Lucas van Merwijk is now very actively involved with various groups and artists throughout Europe, and, in particular, with the internationally acclaimed group Nueva Manteca.

At the moment Lucas is the bandleader of four groups: His own trio with Randal Corsen and Jeroen Vierdag, Drumix! with Ali N'DiayeRose, the world-percussion ensemble Drums United and the 20 piece Cubop City Big Band
Apart from that, he has also appeared in a lot of television and radio shows and can be heard on many CDs. As a percussionist he has collaborated with many bands, on recordings and productions.

All of these experiences have made him develop his own special style,a mix of Cuban, Brazilian and North American rhythms, characterized by powerful percussion and splendid technical skills.

His passion for the Latin big band sound made him put together his CuBop City Big Band. The CD Mor & More came third place on Max Salazar's top-ten of the Greatest Latin CDs of 1998 in the New York magazine Latin Beat.
Lucas runs his own record label called Tam Tam Records. Van Merwijk teaches regularly at the Worldmusic Department of the Rotterdam Academy of Music and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.

He has often been invited to teach masterclasses in percussion and drums at many renowned international, European and American music institutes.