Mike Marcinowski


Mike Marcinowski is a Brooklyn based drummer, percussionist and educator. Equally at home in rock, jazz and new music realms, he enjoys bringing the subtlety and nuance of free improvisation to tightly arranged pop music. While primarily a drum set player, Mike also plays djembe, dunduns, congas and mallet percussion. His current projects include the indie rock inspired Tim Haufe Band, the solo drums/synth act Big Ceremony and Paper Trails - an improvised guitar, sax and drum trio. He can also be found accompanying world music dance classes with the Mark Morris Dance Group, teaching drum, improvisation and composition lessons and collaborating with like-minded musicians, dancers and singers.

Mike earned degrees in Classical Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology from Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2008 he traveled to Bamako, Mali to study folkloric drumming with master drummer Karim Tounkara of Les Ballets Malien. His principal teachers have been Bob Gullotti, Bob Weiner, Chad Taylor, Sekou Sylla, Morgan Zwerlein, Ches Smith and Gerald Cleaver. Mike has toured the US several times backing alternative rock bands and avant-garde musical theater/cabaret acts, and feels equally at home performing in large concert halls and basements /DIY art spaces.




I have played on many recordings over the years.

Here's a few:

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A Ride on the irish cream - cast recording

In case you missed seeing it live, or want to hear the songs all over again, we put it all on record for you. Featuring Erin Markey, Emily Bate, Becca Blackwell, Chenda Cope, Ian Axeness.


sounds like - your childhood, staying up late watching musicals at your 'cool' aunt's house

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hee hawk - chikee wah wah

Recorded in an afternoon following a Northeast tour, this album finds the group alive with an interconnected energy found only through living together on the road. Featuring Adam Lipsky on keys, Max Judelson on bass and Niko Ewing on guitar.


sounds like - jazz, american music, tape hiss

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golden medallion - aphelion

Taking it's name from the farthest an object can travel away from the sun, this album provides the perfect soundtrack for interstellar traveling or cleaning your room. Josh Owsley on bass/electronics and Michael Beggs on trumpet/coronet.


sounds like - experimental improv, space music, hope




I have 10+ years of experience teaching drum lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I teach many styles on the drum-set, as well as classical and symphonic percussion. Oh, and hand drums.


I enjoy working with beginner through advanced students. Contact me using the form below for more information! I offer lessons in Brooklyn, NY and Skype.