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Lucas van Merwijk
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Independent / Drums United / Van Merwijks Music Machine / Drumix! / The Cubop City Big Band
  • Birthday: January 24
  • Country: Netherlands

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 De Slagwerkkrant many years running between 1993 and 2005.

After an intensive study of Afro-Cuban drums with drummer Oscarito Valdes (Irakere) in Cuba in the early eighties, Lucas van Merwijk has been and currently still is, extremely active with various projects.

At the moment Lucas is the initiator and bandleader of four ensembles: the world-percussion ensemble Drums United, Van Merwijks 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 formation, The Cubop City Big Band.

Besides all 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.

Cymbal Set-Up:
14" K Custom Session HiHats
17 " K Dark Crash Thin
10 " K Splash
22 " K Custom Medium Ride
15" A Custom Crash
18" EFX

Alternate Rides:
22" K Jazz Ride
20" K Constantinople Ride
22" K Complex Ride

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