VIC FIRTH ARTIST
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.
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" [enlarge photo]
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.
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!