Mike Mangini has taken the world of drumming by storm. He's toured the world, generously provided educational clinics to thousands of drummers, and cemented his place in the history of the greatest rock and progressive drummers. Even more impressive is his approach, as he's a true theorist on rhythm with his own learning system titled "Rhythm Knowledge."
Mangini's role in joining acclaimed artists like Annihilator, Extreme, Steve Vai and U.K. are extraordinary, but his role in Dream Theater has brought a new dimension to an already legendary career.
As millions can attest, his drumming with Dream Theater continues to marvel musicians and fans worldwide. His performances are jaw dropping. He's added a unique rhythmic personality into the band's sound that is powerful. He executes his role as drummer with extraordinary seriousness and dedication.
As he ventures into the art work with this debut collection, he brought this same focus into the visuals that now mark this unique art debut. And as seen in this artwork built from rhythm, his commitment to dexterity, shapes, and his unique approach is truly inspiring when visually translated. The result is a collection that speaks to the power of time-developed skill.
This collection of artwork, titled "Symmetry Beyond Planck," is a career first for Mike Mangini. Crafted over the last year, Mangini is one of a highly select series of drumming pioneers building fine artwork from rhythm. The medium, we call "Rhythmic Expressionism." An extraordinary effort from start to finish, the work is intended to unfold over time for viewers as they live with the pieces in their homes and studios.
This work is designed to be vibrant, abstract and display the distinct artform found within Mangini's rhythmic approach, from sound to sight. Through this process, Mangini is working with drumsticks that light in a variety of ways much like a painter would use paint with oils or acrylics. His movements throughout the beats are similar to paintstrokes. Working with art team/publisher SceneFour, these elements are brought into a studio as color channels and movements are scrutinized meticulously to bring forth Mangini's intended visual for an extraordinary final image before it is laid to canvas.
Michael Mangini (born April 18, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter best known as the current drummer of the progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy in 2010. He has also played for bands and artists such as Annihilator, Extreme, James LaBrie, and Steve Vai. Before joining Dream Theater, Mangini was a faculty member at Berklee College of Music. Between 2002 and 2005, he set five World's Fastest Drummer records. Mangini appeared on the Discovery Channel show Time Warp, displaying his drum skills for high speed cameras.
Born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Italian parents, Mangini first started playing the drums when he was two and a half years old, being inspired by Ringo Starr of The Beatles. He would practice two to four hours a day and by the time he was nine he was already mimicking Buddy Rich performances. Other influences include Bobby Colomby, Danny Seraphine, John Bonham, Neil Peart and Terry Bozzio.
By high school, he was performing in bands and participating in the prestigious All-State, and All-Eastern United States ensembles.
After graduating from Waltham Senior High School in 1981, Mangini put aside his music studies to pursue a computer science major at Bentley University. After graduating he started programming software for the Patriot Missile program. At the same time, he was working on a program that studied the links between the human brain and body.