Congratulations to Lucas van Merwijk, who was recently presented with the MCN Global Act Award 2010.
Lucas, who was recently welcomed to the Zildjian Family of Worldwide Artists, received the Award as a Dutch Artist who remains continuously successful as a leading international Artist in world music, over a long period of time.
The Award was announced by the Music Centre Netherlands (MCN), the promotion centre for professional Dutch music and initiator of the Global Act Award, and Lucas was presented with the Award during the recent Dutch Jazz and World Meeting in Amsterdam.
Van Merwijk is the leader of world percussion groups Drums United, Van Merwijks Music Machine and the Cubop City Big Band. With Aly N'Diaye Rose he forms the percussionduo Drumix!
2010 has been a very busy year for Lucas on the road with his own projects Drums United, The Music Machine and The Cubop City Big Band. The summer started with six The Cubop City Big Band concerts in the series Otro Mundo, with the great percussionist Roberto Quintero from Venezuela. July saw concerts at the Africa Festival in the Hague and the North Sea Jazz festival with van Merwijk's Music Machine together with bassist Manou Gallo, from Ivory Coast, immediately followed by concerts in Canada with Drums United. Straight after Canada it was off to Cyprus for concerts with the Music Machine, Latin Soul and Boogaloo.
After Cyprus came concerts with Drums United in Germany and then back again to Cyprus, this time with Manou Gallo, and performances at the Ethnic Festival. Next straight off to Norway with Drums United to perform at Drumming in Drammen followed by writing and rehearsing the music for Urban dance show Fuerza Nova. In September Lucas finished working on Drums United's new album Heartbeat. October had concerts in Canada at the Algoma Festival with Drums United. In November clinics at Tromp Biennale in the Netherlands with Aly N'Diaye Rose, television recording with The Cubop City Big Band as well as concerts with Latin jazz group Nueva Manteca.
Wow…quite a schedule!!!!
To keep up with Lucas’ travels, visit his website or follow Lucas on Twitter (@Lucasvanmerwijk).
For more info on the Awards, visit www.muziekcentrumnederland.nl.