Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang

Free Jazz & Improv
Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang
Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang
Hamid Drake/Michael Zerang

Hamid Drake, a brilliant, sensitive, endlessly rhythmic, intelligent, spiritual, and powerful drummer/percussionist from Chicago was born in 1955 in Monroe, Louisiana. By the close of the 1990s, Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, he has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 1970s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career. Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups).

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois and is a first generation American of Assyrian descent. He has been an active musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. He has been a long-standing member of The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Friction Brothers, Brötzmann/ McPhee/ Kessler/ Zerang Quartet, and Survival Unit III with Joe McPhee and Fred Lonberg-Holm.