January 24, 1961. Drummer Lucas van Merwijk has been at the forefront of the European Jazz, Latin
and percussion scene for over 25 years. He was elected 'Best Jazz Drummer' and 'Best Fusion Drummer' in the Benelux
countries by the readers of Dutch drum magazine De Slagwerkkrant many years
running between 1993 and 2013. After an intensive study of Afro-Cuban drums with drummer Oscarito Valdes
(Irakere) in Cuba in the early eighties, Lucas van Merwijk has been active with
a various of projects.
At the moment Lucas is the initiator and leader of four ensembles: the
world-percussion group Drums United, Van Merwijk`s Music Machine (with a changing
line-up every year), Drumix! With master percussionist Aly N'Diaye Rose, and
the 20 piece salsa and Latin Jazz ensemble The Cubop City Big Band.
Besides this Lucas is in demand as a drummer with various groups and artists
throughout Europe, in particular with the internationally acclaimed group Nueva
Manteca. 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. Van Merwijk has been staff teacher for drums and percussion at both the World
Music department of the Rotterdam Codarts conservatory as well as the Jazz
department of the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1986. In 2010 he wins the Global Act Award 2010, for remaining continuously
successful as a leading international Artist in world music, over a long period
of time. In 2013 he publishes his drum book World Beat, world rhythms for drum
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