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Morgan Agren

Morgan Ågren, born July 13, 1967 in Umeå, Norrland, Sweden, is a Swedish drummer best known for his work with the progressive rock band, Kaipa.

Learning to play the drums at the age of four, Morgan was performing publicly by the age of seven, and by the time he was fourteen, was working with Swedish pianist, Mats Öberg.

In 1984, Ågren and Öberg formed Zappsteetoot, a band internationally known for performing Frank Zappa's music.

In 1988, Ågren, along with Mats Öberg, were invited by Frank Zappa as guest performers at a Zappa concert in Stockholm. Impressed by the drummer's skills, Zappa invited Ågren to the USA to participate in several music projects, including the 1994 Grammy Award winning album, Zappa's Universe, with Steve Vai. as well as a sold out New York performance of Zappa's classical program at Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series in Avery Fisher Hall. Ågren also shares the drummer's seat with Terry Bozzio on Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa's band Z's album Shampoohorn. In 1996, Ågren has toured throughout Europe as a member of Glen Hughes band, and later to Japan in 1997. 1996 also saw the formation of Morgan Ågren's own record label, Ultimate Audio Entertainment, dedicated to the release of "new" music.

Ågren has recorded several albums as a member of Fleshquartet (Swedish: Fläskkvartetten), amongst them What's Your Pleasure? and the Grammy Award winning Goodbye Sweden in addition to his international performances with Zappa’s Universe and with Mats Öberg in Mats/Morgan Band.

In May 1997, Ågren was featured in a unique project of the Swedish Film Institute, making his debut in movie theaters and at several international film festivals. Described as a sound experience, the 4-minute 35mm short-film Lullaby for Lost Souls showcases him in "a free-form Stereo Dolby drum explosion".

Ågren is also highly recognized by fans of extreme and heavy music for his studio performance on Fredrik Thordendal's solo album, Sol Niger Within, released in 1997.
He is the subject of a 2013 two-hour documentary directed by Carl King a.k.a. Sir Millard Mulch, called Morgan Ågren's Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure. It also features Devin Townsend, Dweezil Zappa, and Brendon Small of Metalocalypse.

Ågren was also featured on the eponymous album by Casualties of Cool.

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