Ismail Lawal

Drums

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Driven by a relentless curiosity, Ismail Lawal's playing happily avoids easy categorization. Lawal fell in love with jazz as a teen and immersed himself in the works of the music's most exemplary practitioners. More important than the raw information he gained from his study however, was the intellectual and cultural inquisitiveness which he saw as feeding the vitality of the music. Adopting this inclusive stance, Lawal has gone on to perform in a variety of musical settings, from various African-based traditions to singer-songwriter gigs, and myriad worlds in between.