".......I first met Michael in 2007 when I performed with Prince in London. Michael and I had the opportunity to perform together at jam sessions. These sessions showed me Michael's great talent and the depth of his musical knowledge for drums, percussion and piano. Michael's musicianship, technique, personality and generosity make him a world class artist and human being."
Lee Hogans (Prince, Marcus Miller, Jay-Z)
"......Michael Strocchi is included as one of these extraordinary musicians I have had the pleasure of performing with. We met in Torino, Italy, after attending a concert where he had performed. I was immediately captured by his versatility, style, enthusiasm and talent!
I asked him if he'd be willing to join my group and after that experience I realised he wasn't just any drummer, but he was 'The Drummer' who is extremely talented.
He is in a rare class of drummers that transcends genres and yet touches everyone who hears him."
Ginger Brew (Bobby Durham, Phil Collins, Mariah Carey)
The last two years have seen Michele progress in leaps and bounds, toward a new artistic horizon. Precision, is key to this movement, and the standard now produced, is of a high bar to obtain. International audiences have been granted the chance to appreciate his art, and with an even greater field of expression, Michele is really bursting onto the music scene in a big way. Style, funk, intelligent play, and an enthusiasm that is born of magic, all come to fruition, when he takes the stage.
Since January 2012, Michele currently resides in London UK.
At present, Michele is partaking in a plethora of artistic ventures.
The line up includes...
Drummer for Onlyjoe, ten piece Reggae band from London
- Drummer for Nanci & Phoebe band
- Drummer for Santessa feat. Paul Ogunsalu (Norah Jones) and Greek Harper Maria Christina
- Performed live at famous London venue ‘’Jazz Cafe’’ with UK artist Floetic Lara
- Performed with Brixton based band Raw-Material at Royal Festival Hall and in France for the Tour de France
- With Italian band LSN for ‘ChamoiSic Music Festival’ feat. Franz Goria (Fluxus, Petrol) and Mario Conte (Meg)
- Drummer for David Boomah’s Live band performing @ Boomtown Fair 2013
- Australian Tour with Raw-Material band in September 2013 (Highlighted by the privilege to indulge in artistic engagement, as well as cultural enlightenment, in the true Australian experience. Alice Springs! The home of Australia. The period of which, will be the fantastic prelude to the Mbantua Festival
Michele currently provides music lessons to a diverse group of aspiring artists of all ages and stages, in an eclectic community project that only serves testimony to his essence as a person, and talented artist.
Michele Kathak Strocchi was born in Turin, Italy, of mixed race origin, (half Italian and half... from the rest of the world)
Aged five, Michele Kathak Strocchi began to play pianoforte and study classical music with talented tutor, Sabina Gibin. Upon reaching fourteen, he got his first drum kit, and quickly proceeded to begin playing various other types of percussion.
At nineteen, Michele studied at the ‘Centro Jazz’ in Turin and took private lessons with Italian drummers, Gianpaolo Petrini and Claudio Saveriano.
Seeking new horizons, Michele arrived in London in 1997 when he began to study at the LCCM, London Centre of Contemporary Music, once named LMS, while playing with "Secret Ingredient", a band composed of seven musicians from seven different countries.
(In 1998 Michele founded, and led a band called L.P.M. Mainly composed of young men and women with learning ‘challenges’. All of them playing percussion and drums, improvising during the gigs. The name of the band means Free Musical Thought - Libero Pensiero Musicale).
In 2000, Michele graduated from the LCCM in drums and percussion, studying with, Pete Zeldman, Geoff Hemsley, Richard Brook, Keith LeBlanc and Mark Mondesir.
A year later, he moved to New York to learn from Jojo Mayer (Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, NERVE, Screaming Headless Torsos).
After his informative stay in New York, Michele, moved back to Europe where he begun to play and collaborate with various artists such as...
Ginger Brew (Paolo Conte, Phil Collins),
Jeno Touche (Paolo Conte),
Bobby Soul & LesGastones,
Bobby Durham (Ella Fitzgerald),
Esmeralda Sciascia (Trilok Gurtu),
Alessandro Maiorino (Baustelle, Manu Chao),
Ivan Bridon Napoles (Italuba),
Lee Hogans (Prince&NPG, Jay-Z)
Dan Solo (Petrol, Marlene Kuntz),
Frank Goria (Petrol),
Randolph Matthews (Angelique Kidjio),
Fabrizio 'Cit' Chiapello (Dottor Livingstone, Subsonica)
and many others playing different kinds of music on drums/percussion and pianoforte.
During the period 2003/04 Michele played with Dedalus, an Italian band who enjoyed great notoriety in the 1970s, having recorded an album that won the Darwin prize as the best progressive rock album in 2004 in Italy.
With singer Maria Mamone he began to play in a duo called "Improvvisa-mente" on drums, percussion and pianoforte. With "Improvvisa-mente" he recorded an album re-arranging classic tunes and some songs of their own while playing live concerts in Italy in 2004.
In 2011, for a year, Michele moved back to the USA, where he stepped into the dynamic Chicago Blues scene. Playing in various famous Blues clubs in Chicago such as 'Kingston Mines', 'Rosa's' , 'Blues' and 'The Joynt', he performed live with Linsey Alexander (Buddy Guy), Sweet Lou, Fabrizio 'Breezy' Rodio, Russell 'Russoul' Pike and William Kurk, Tommy Ashe, James Cornelison and Will Jacobs among others.
Additionally, he takes great interest in pushing the geographical boundaries of music and effectively connecting-the-dots between sounds originating from different parts of the world.
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Peace and Light.