Michel Maurer’s 4Bandits
Swiss drummer and composer Michel Maurer has toured Europe and America for over 15 years before moving to New York. In 2013 he started studying with drum masters Billy Hart and Dan Weiss, composer Ohad Talmor and obtained a Master Degree in Music Performance. Since then he has led a trio with guitarist Marius Duboule and bassist Sam Trapchak, he performed with Michael Mossman big band, Emi Makabe Quartet, Matthew Albeck Group, The Nova Project trio and Ayumi Ishito Quartet.
The project 4Bandits reflects Michel’s desire to develop a strong musical identity in a long term process with a band. Named after the complicity between the four members, the band features Peyton Pleninger on tenor saxophone, Alex Levine on guitar, Dan Martinez on bass and Michel Maurer on drums. The repertoire composed by Michel especially for this project highlight each performers unique musicianship. Inspired by jazz as well as avant-garde music and free jazz, the music of 4Bandits is fresh and organic, combining moving melodies and intricate rhythms.