VIC FIRTH ARTIST
MORGAN ÅGREN

Morgan Ågren has been a drummer since age four and a Grammy® winning musician on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in Umeå, Sweden in 1967, Mr. Ågren was spotted as an outstanding talent at a young age as he began performing publicly at age seven, and eventually joined forces with 10 year old blind keyboardist Mats Öberg in 1981. In 1988, still around their late teens, Morgan and Mats got invited to play with Frank Zappa for a few different projects in the US - just before Zappa passed away.

While some of the Zappa influence remains, Morgan and Mats have long since found their own voices. In the mid 90’s, they began releasing CDs on Morgan’s label Ultimate Audio Entertainment, eventually forming a stable band, which has amazed audiences in Europe, Asia and the USA since 2001.

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Morgan has climbed the readers polls in various drum-magazines recently. In 2010 Morgan was voted No.1 in Modern Drummers readers poll in the category "fusion". Morgan has also played with Fleshquartet, Steve Vai, Fredrik Thordendal (of Meshuggah) Spoonman, Glenn Huges, Tony Iommi, Terry Bozzio, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Kaipa, Bolon Bata, Dweezil Zappa etc.


Morgan's stick of choice:
American Classic® Rock
Oval tip for a full sound. Great for rock and band.
L = 16 5/8" | Dia. = .630"
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VIDEO SPOTLIGHT:



Video Interview
Morgan Ågren talks about how he got started on the drums, meeting his long time musical partner Mats Öberg, and playing with Frank Zappa as a teenager!


Morgan and Fredrik Thordendal
Morgan Ågren performs "Sol Niger Within" with Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordendal!



Mats/Morgan Band - The Chicken
Mats/Morgan Band (Morgan Ågren and Mats Öberg) perform their rendition of "The Chicken" excerpted from the CD/DVD "Heat Beats Live".


Montreal Drumfest 2008
Check out this multi-camera video shoot from Morgan's performance at the 2008 Montréal Drumfest!



"Music for Piano and Drums"
Duet for piano and drums, excerpted from the "Heat Beats Live" DVD by Mats/Morgan Band.


Performance Spotlight
Morgan plays in traffic. Do NOT try this at home!



MORGAN ÅGREN: A DRUMMER DOCUMENTARY

Filmmaker Carl King is shooting a documentary on Morgan and YOU can help! Check out the project on Kickstarter, now through July 7th! Click here to view the Kickstarter page!




SUGGESTED LISTENING:
For the complete Mats/Morgan Discography and related releases, visit morganagren.com!

Thanks for Flying With Us

Thanks For Flying With Us is Mats/Morgan Band's seventh album and their first to be released outside of their native Sweden. The music is a modern sounding blend of complexity, composition and beats. A great album by an absolute monster band who await the world's discovery!

 



Heat Beats Live/Tourbook 1991-2007 (CD/DVD)

Heat Beats is an excellently recorded live album featuring Mats and Morgan alone, together and with up to 3 additional musicians. Also included in this package is Morgan Ågren's DVD "Tourbook 1991-2007". This DVD contains various recordings made during a 16 year span. Live and studio recordings, plus lots of solo drums.

"I am happy that all of this material is recorded at all. It would have been a waste to set my hair on fire without being able to see it after..." - Morgan Agren

 



The Music or the Money? (2 CD)

The Music or the Money? was the second album by Mats/Morgan, which was originally self-released in 1997 and only available at their shows. This reissue features 44 minutes of unreleased bonus-material. It remains Mats' favorite album by the group.

 



Trends and Other Diseases

"Trends is our debut CD, and was also the first one we released by ourselves on our own label! It was a great exciting period, because we had just built our first studio. [...] I like the album a lot, it not only reminds me of this exciting period, I like the songs too, and I was also happy with the way the sound came out". - Morgan Agren

 



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