Michael D'Agostino

Drummer, vocalist and Songwriter


INNERrOUTe session/drumming footage

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featuring Rick Savage:trumpet, Joe Vincent Tranchina:keyboards, JP Heston:bass, Michael D’Agostino:drums. It has been an incredible journey jumping off cliffs with INNERrOUTe since 2009!

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Drumset improvisations

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Drumset improv 031817 by Michael...

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Drumset Improvisation 062516

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A free drumset improvisation by Michael D’Agostino, recorded on 062516

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Free Improvisations

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I built a studio in West Milford, NJ in 1998, and hosted many improvisation sessions over the years.  Here are two improvisations I recently found featuring Bob Magnuson:sax,  Rick Savage:trumpet, Tony Cimorosi:NS upright bass and Michael D’Agostino:drums. I always had a good time playing with these cats.

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drumset improvisation 050416

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Here’s a short drumset improvisation, morphing one rhythm into the next,  pushing/pulling the time over a steady...

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Manny’s Music Store/NYC Life in the 1980’s

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 I worked at Manny’s Music store, 156 West 48th St, in New York City in the early 1980’s. It was a different world in music retail then today. It was a college of life for me. Having just finished a year at SUNY Fredonia and a year at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam as a Percussion Major and many years working on a farm in between school  before that. At Manny’s, not only did I learn a wealth of information about drums and the recording studio, I was learning social skills, dealing with so many people in the busiest music store...

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Recording of Michael(age11) singing, unearthed

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Preparing for an upcoming move,  I found some old cassette tapes, that to my surprise, still played.  My parents bought me a Lloyds cassette recorder when I was 10.  This A Capella recording of me singing “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, before my voice changed, was hidden on one of those tapes. 

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More then the notes

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Written music, only points to the possibilities.  The subtleties. Nuances. A merer roadmap that is subject to human intervention.  At least at this date.  Hopefully robotic music won’t take over like so many feared it would in the 80’s.   So good to practice with the metronome yet one must generate good musical time without it. While the drum machine since the 80’s has produced many different degrees of quantization, and later on programming  simulated human randomness.  A measure of sixteenth notes in 4/4,  those 16 notes...

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Drumming for the music

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Veteran drum master Dennis Chambers speaks eloquently on the drummers role in playing music.  All too often technique is masked for music. Technique is a means to an end,  helping one articulate musical ideas that are musically relevant to the music being played.  This video is a music see for all young drummers.  

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