Artist/Percussionist Marcus L. Miller is a multi-talented artist/percussionist based in Southern California. Miller is involved with several music projects. He is the artistic director of the performance art ensemble Freedom Jazz Movement, the bandleader of his jazz quartet (the Miller 4 pack), and creator/director of the percussion ensemble Project World Drum, the musical director for the modern dance company Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and President of his record label Universe Soul Records. Miller is also the founder/director of the Young Drummers of Los Angeles. He is a member of Chamber Music America, SESAC, ASCAP, a voting member of the Recording Academy, a member of American Federation of Musicians Local 47, and a composer for Heavy Harmony Music publishing.
Miller’s musical accomplishments include producing twelve (12) CD releases for his label Universe Soul Records since 2002. Marcus has composed music for modern dance choreographers Lula Washington, Winifred Harris, Jordi Caballero, and Tamica Washington-Miller. He has also written music for several independent films and documentaries including Movement with a meaning, Beyond the Echo of the drum, Love and other 4 letter words, My girlfriend’s back, and the 20th Century fox DVD release of Avatar the Last Airbender.
Along with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Marcus has performed throughout North America, Russia, China, Mexico, & Brazil, Since 2006, this collaboration of jazz music and Black modern dance continues to redefine and reflect a unique “Black American cultural perspective”. Highlight performances include the Lincoln Center out of doors festival, the 2011 tour of China, and the 2012 San Jose jazz festival.
As a drummer, Marcus has either toured internationally or performed with artists including Ben Harper, Bennie Maupin, Sheila E., Ashanti, Steve Coleman, The Watts Prophets, Leon Mobley, Michelle Shocked, Darius Rucker, Tony Furtado, Vinx, Ben Woods, Bobby Bryant, BoujouBumBastick, Babatunde Olatunji, Poncho Sanchez, Giovanni Hildago, and Ozomatli. He has recorded with numerous groups covering styles ranging from jazz, blues, rock, gospel, reggae, spoken word, folkloric traditional, and alternative.
In 1998 Marcus created an educational drum workshop entitled MarcusMillerDrums…From around the world. He has entertained, educated, and enlightened countless thousands of audiences worldwide. The program is for all ages and has enabled Miller to work with many non-profit organizations such as St. Elmo Village, William Grant Still art center, YMCA, P.S. ARTS, Jack & Jill, and the Cub Scouts of America. Since 2006, Marcus and his jazz ensemble have a been on the artist roster of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and are able to perform live jazz concerts at various schools throughout Southern California. Over the years, he has worked closely with many Southern California schools, arts organizations, and museums including the Skirball Cultural Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the California African American Museum (CAAM), the Kid Space Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in an effort to bring the art of drumming to as many people as possible.