Drummer/percussionist/producer Michael Shapiro has a very diverse career in the music business. He acts as producer for his wife, vocalist Kevyn Lettau. He maintains a very active touring schedule with many artists in a variety of genres and spends time in the studios of Los Angeles lending his sound to many recordings.
Shapiro’s professional career began to blossom when he met Sergio Mendes in 1988. This started a long musical friendship that continues to date, with many tours and recordings, including 1993’s Grammy winning Brasileiro album. Shapiro has played and recorded with some of the most important Brazilian musicians in the world, including Joao Bosco, Dori Caymmi, Nana Caymmi, Eliane Elias, Toninho Horta, Ivan Lins, Milton Naciamento, and Ceatano Veloso. He has also participated in collaborations with many of the above-mentioned artists, including 1995’s Brazil Project, which featured Toots Theilemans’ Tribute to Jobim featuring Sting, and John Patitucci’s Mistura Fina album.
Shapiro has collaborated with Al Jarreau in The Color of Love, and he and his wife released Police, paying tribute to the renowned band The Police. He has toured with Earth, Wind and Fire guitarist Al McKay as The Al McKay All Stars. He has also recorded and toured with Debby Boone, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Caldwell, Nell Carter, Pete Escovedo, Frank Gambale, Jimmy Haslip, Armando Manzanero, Maureen McGovern, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Lee Retenour, Michael Ruff, Brenda Russell, Bud Shank, Randy Travis, and Sadao Watanabe.
Shapiro is the education director of the Los Angeles Music Academy. When not on the road or in the studio, he can be found teaching a variety of courses that include the history of funk drumming and Brazilian drumming.