Michael Spiro

Talking Drums, Educator

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Michael Spiro is an internationally recognized recording artist, producer and educator. He is a seven-time Grammy nominee, including a nomination in 2011 in the Latin-Jazz category for his work with the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and has co-produced such seminal recordings as “BataKetu” and “BataMbira”.

Spiro is a Professor of Percussion at Indiana University, travels internationally as a percussion clinician for LP, and continues to be a presenter at PAS conferences around the country. He has authored several books on Afro-Cuban music and percussion, produced a number of acclaimed instructional videos and DVDs, and is the founder of two widely acknowledged educational websites: CongaMasterClass.com and SambaMasterClass.com.

Spiro continues to maintain his musical status in San Francisco, California, where among his many activities, he co-leads “Conjunto Karabali” with fellow LP artist Karl Perrazo from Santana.

In 2010, Michael Spiro collaborated with LP in creating the innovative LP Hi-Hat Shekere (LP485). "For both drummers and percussionists, the Hi-Hat Shekere adds a traditional percussion sound to their setup—and for the first time—without having to add a separate player to provide it," explains Spiro. "Percussionists and drummers of all styles of music will find the Hi-Hat Shekere to be an easy and convenient way to add a classic percussive sound to their sonic palette." Supporting this innovation, Spiro along with LP created a series of instructional online videos.

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Michael Spiro: How to Play Drum Set Grooves with the LP Hi-Hat Shekere
Michael Spiro: Folkloric Sound with the LP Hi-Hat Shekere
Michael Spiro: Bata Rhythms with the LP Hi-Hat Shekere
Michael Spiro: Afro-Cuban Rhythms with the LP Hi-Hat Shekere
Q&A with Michael Spiro
Q&A with Michael Spiro (2)
California Brazil Camp interview with Michael Spiro
LP 14
LP 14
LP Small Chocalho - LP3601
LP 12
LP Large Chocalho - LP3602
LP Brass Cuica - LP3408
Michael Spiro on the LP Laptop Conga
Pete Ellingson | Michael Spiro Duo - Bilongo
Guarapachangueo - Three Conga Drums