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Michael Kotzen

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Birthplace
Brussels, Belgium

Website

Tags
sculpture, performance, installation, mixed-media, musical instruments, exhibition/performance

Statement

 

Michael Kotzen 

Building musical instruments that are sonically, visually and tactically apealing is my passion.

In 1997 I was introduced to the cajon. At the time there were no commercially available cajóns so I set out to build one for myself. Soon after I began building them for others and several years later I had the opportunity to visit several premier cajón builders and players in Peru, where the cajón is recognized as the country’s national instrument.

The cajón, "box" in Spanish, originated in Cuba and Peru where wooden containers including shipping crates and dresser drawers were modified by African slaves to serve as drums. My quest, with encouragement and advice from Donnie Wade, a luthier in Texas and Brian Radney, a master woodworker, was to design and build cajóns with a broad tonal range. 

Since then, I've had the opportunity to build them for many top percussionists in the industry including Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), Leon Mobley and David Leach (Ben Harper), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Lenny Castro (Toto), Taku Hirano (Lindsey Buckingham), Walfredo Reyes (Chicago), Richie 'Gajate' Garcia (Diana Ross), Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Tim Curle (Josh Groban), and Broadway musical ace Damien Bassman.

It's been immensely rewarding to work with percussionists to fashion an instrument that suits their playing style and the type of music it will be used for.  

The ongoing evolution of this instrument has led me to experiment with a wide variety of woods and design innovations including a cajón with an ergonomic angled front, Slap Pads that attach to the outside of the instrument to create additional timbres. I also mount the instruments on legs for players who prefer to stand or incorporate the cajón into a drum kit. 

Recent Exhibits

Michael Kotzen participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2016 Expansion
Bunny Gunner Gallery
 
Jan, 2015 From Earth to Art: AMOCA Studio Artists and Artisans of Musical Design III
The dA Center for the Arts
 
Dec, 2014 Guitars, Drums, and More...
Bunny Gunner
 
Jan, 2013 Artisans of Musical Design
The dA Center for the Arts
 
Dec, 2011 Artisans of Musical Design
The dA Center for the Arts
 
Feb, 2008 Hands On
Square i Gallery
 
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The dA Center for the Arts
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