Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Band: Shapes, The Klezmer
Genres: Jazz, Rock, Soul
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician



Michael Barsimanto is a Los Angles based drummer, primarily knows for his work in jazz. Michael Barsimanto helped to found the band, Shapes, and later helped to escalate the band’s success with his suggestion of adding bassist Jimmy Haslip to the lineup.

Former Elvin Jones sideman and jazz saxophone legend Dave Liebman offered Michael Barsimanto his recording start as a drummer. In the company of such a great talent, Michael Barsimanto soon found himself with other exciting musical offers. Michael Barsimanto toured with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, jazz violinist virtuoso Jean Luc Ponty, vocalists Ivan Neville, Billy Preston, Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, guitar star Steve Vai, former Police guitarist Andy Summers, progressive/classic rockers Jethro Tull, and the film composer and trumpeter Mark Isham, as well as many others.

Michael Barsimanto starred in the 1982 short film “Haircut” as The Drummer. He also worked on the film score for the 2005 film, Hubert Selby Jr.: It’ll Be Better Tomorrow.

Michael Barsimanto has become rather well known as a jazz drummer, though taking a look at his résumé one can see his incredible versatility. Michael Barsimanto's skill and intuitive playing have kept him in-demand as a drummer for well over two decades.

Michael Barsimanto currently plays with the Los Angeles based band, The Imperial Crowns. As front man Jimmy Wood puts it: “We are the Imperial Crowns and we’re pimping the blues.” Barsimanto is also the talented composer and leader of The Groove Congress, a band that plays Los Angeles clubs such as The Baked Potato and Fais Do-Do.



Album Year Album Name Album Band
1981 Search Party Shapes
1982 Kiss Under The Moon Sugarplum Fairies
1983 Zinc (Green Album) Mark O'Connor
1986 The Moderns Mark Isham
1988 Radio Free Albemuth Steve Bach
1992 City Magic Stuart Hamm
1993 Heroes Mark O'Conner
1997 Now & Then Steve Bach
1998 The Last Farewell Shapes
1998 Flake Sugarplum Fairies
1999 Searching for Jimi Hendrix Various Artists
2000 13-Sep-06 Jill Cohn
2001 Kneegirl Kneegirl
2005 The Big Picture Shapes
2005 Juice The Klezmer


  • Michael has been a Paiste Artist since May 1981.
  • He is a credited cast member in the 1982 movie, The Haircut.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Vater

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