mats / morgen band

The Mats / Morgan Band features Mats Öberg and Morgan Ågren.

The picture above was taken at the Zappanale festival, July 23, 2004, in Bad Doberan, Germany, by DrZurkon.

l/r:   Mats Öberg, Morgan Ågren, Robert Elovsson, Tommy Thordsson, Jimmy Ågren



1 mats / morgan: trends and other diseases
    (1996, cd, swe, ultimate audio entertainment uae disc 1)
- feat. jimmy ågren
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2 mats / morgan: the music or the money…
    (1997, cd, swe, ultimate audio entertainment uae disc 7)
- feat. jimmy ågren  /  incl.zappa licks in 'sylox'

3 mats / morgan: radio da da
    (1998, cd, swe, ultimate audio entertainment uae disc 9)
- feat. jimmy ågren

4 mats / morgan: the teenage tapes
1998, cd, swe, ultimate audio entertainment uae disc 10)

5 mats / morgan: live
    (2001, cd, swe, ultimate audio entertainment uae disc 13) - feat. jimmy ågren

6 mats / morgan: on air with guests
    (2002, cd, swe, ultimate audio entertainment uae disc 15) - feat. jimmy ågren

  various artists: zappanale 15
    (2004, 3cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 15 - retrospective
    (2004, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale # 15
    (2005, cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

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7 mats / morgan band: thanks for flying with us
    (2005, cd, usa, cuneiform) - feat. jimmy ågren

8 mats / morgan band: heat beats live + tourbook 1991-2007
    (2008, cd+dvd, usa, cuneifrom rune 265-266)

  mats / morgan: trends and other diseases
    (2008, cd, usa, cuneiform rune 267)
- feat. jimmy ågren  //  = re-issue with one bonus track

  various artists: zappanale 20 - promo-cd
    (2009, cd-promo, ger, arf society)

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  mats / morgan: the music or the money…
    (2010, 2cd, usa, cuneiform rune 301-302)
- feat. jimmy ågren //  = re-issue with bonus tracks  /  incl.zappa licks in 'sylox'

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  movie / documentary: let's hear it for jimmy carl black
    (2010, dvdr, ger, arf society) - feat. moni black, geronimo black, helmut king, napoleon murphy brock, roy estrada, don preston, bruce bickford, ike willis

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9 mats / morgan:  [schack tati]
    (2014, cd, usa, cuneiform rune 385)

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10 mats / morgan band: live 2014
    (2015, download, --, bandcamp) = download-only album
11 mats / morgan: put another quarter in! (archives vol.1)
    (2015, download, --, bandcamp) = download-only album
12 mats/morgan: 35th anniversary collection
    (2016, 2cd, sweden, morgan records .rec 001) - feat. jimmy ågren, simon steensland, fredrik thordendal
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13 mats / morgan: live with norrlandsoperan symphony orchestra
    (2018, dvd / 2 cd, sweden, morgan records .rec 003) - incl.zappa licks in 'sylox'
  mats / morgan: oops!.. i sneezed
    (2020, download, --, bandcamp) - incl. 'echidna's arf (of you) / don't you ever wash that thing?' (frank zappa)
14 mats / morgan: live stream duo
    (2020, download, --, bandcamp)



The Umeå International Chamber Music Festival

"Zappanale 15"

Mats/Morgan Band US tour September 2004


mats/morgan band


Mats Öberg - keyboards, vocal

Morgan Agren - drums

Jimmy Agren - guitar

Tommy Thordsson - bass

Robert Elovsson - keyboards





random notes

2007 04

Gigs coming up!? ?

  • "Rock In Opposition" festival in France, April 15 ca 16:30 h.
    More info here:
    Lineup: Mats & Morgan,  with Gustaf Hielm on the Bass

  • Jazzclub Fasching Stockholm April 27 ca. 20:00 h
    More info
    Lineup: Mats & Morgan + possible guests.

  • Maizet Jazz Festival Maizet (14) September 8

  • Festival Tambours de fête Charleville Mézières (08) September 22


2007 05 - from the cuneiform newsletter

Mats/Morgan Band:

Mats/Morgan Band gigs coming up:

Morgan will also do gig with a project called "BOX" with amongst others Trevor Dunn from Mr Bungle.

Info here:

Studio stuff:

Mats and Morgan are in the studio and is working on a new CD that will most likely be called "HEAT BEATS LIVE".
will also re-release our first CD "trends and other diseases" when we release our "HEAT BEATS" CD/DVD, just so you know!
A "Best of Morgan Ågren DVD" will also be released together with the CD, and this CD+DVD will be released next year!


Morgan will record with Lars Hollmer (Of Samla mammas manna) this month, for Lars next solo CD, also featuring Michel Berkmans of Univers Zero.

Mats/Morgan Band has recorded one track for the ChristianVander/Magma tribute CD called "Haamtai", to be released soon.

Mats Öbergs solo piano CD is out, and it is called "In The Moment"

Morgan is featured on the upcoming Kaipa CD called Angling Feelings, and on Jimmy Ågren´s CD "Close Enough For Jazz" 
More info and soundbites at:  Morgan also plays on one track of Steve Vai´s CD "Archives, Vol. 3: Mystery Tracks", and on the new Simon Steensland release "Live gang-gang"

Other news:
The readers poll of the drum magazine "DRUM!" voted Morgan as "no 2" in category "jazz/fusion" drummers.
(thanks to the voters..!)

Morgan has a feature on, with moviepreview etc. Go to:

Internet goodies:

Morgan Ågren at myspace:
Morgan Ågren homepage: 

from the Cuneiform newsletter:

Mats/Morgan Band

New live CD with Mats/Morgan Band titled "HEAT BEATS LIVE" to be released by Cuneiform records in Jan/Feb 2008.
Included with this live CD is Morgan Ågren "drum DVD" that will contain various recordings made during a 15 years span.
Featured on the DVD is: Mats/Morgan Band (as a quintet, trio and duo), BOX music project, Magma tribute, Simon Steensland Kamikaaze United, Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Fleshquartet, Läder, Drumkit From Hell demo sessions, the recording of MESHUGGAH lead Guitarist Fredrik Thordendals solo CD Sol Niger Within etc.

Also, Mats/Morgan Bands debut CD, TRENDS AND OTHER DISEASES, will also be released by Cuneiform Records Jan/Feb 2008. Remastered with 15 minutes of bonus material!

Upcoming show/

2008 02 11  -  Mats/Morgan Newsletter February 2008


Mats/Morgan Band: Heat Beats Live  /  Morgan Ågren: Tourbook 1991-2007 (CD+DVD)

Heat Beats Live is an excellently recorded live album which covers two years of work, featuring Mats and Morgan alone, together and with up to 3 additional musicians.
The music is their modern blend of composition, improvisation, complexity and hypnotic beats, as well as their sense of humor.

Also included in this package is Tourbook 1991-2007, which is Morgan Ågren's long worked upon and anticipated DVD release. It contains various recordings made during a 16-year span including live and studio recordings featuring Mats/Morgan Band, Fleshquartet, [BOX] The Music of Captain Beefheart, Simon Steensland Kamikaze United, Freddie Wadling Magma/Vander tribute, Drumkit From Hell sessions, Fredrik Thordendal (of Meshuggah) etc.
Plus lots of solo drums. Total playing time: 1 hour, 47 minutes.

DVD previews here:

Soundbites and more here:


Mats/Morgan: Trends And Other Diseases  (Debut CD remastered with bonus tracks)

Mats and Morgans classic debut originally released in 1996.
Now remastered and filled with bonus material. Also featured on this CD are: Dilba, Jimmy Ågren, Fredrik Thordendal, Derek Huntsman, Ruskträsk, Johan Granström, Fredrik Söhngren, Gunnar Persson, Jonas Knutsson and more..

Soundbites and more here:




2008 09 01

Mats/Morgan Newsletter September 2008


2008/09/04 Morgan Ågren drumclinic - Slagverket/Musikbörsen - Södermannag. 10, Stockholm, Sweden 19:00 / Ph. 0855693060

2008/09/20 Mats/Morgan duo - Musikmuseet - Sibylleg. 2, Stockholm, Sweden 18:00 / Ph. 0851955490

2008/09/26 Mats/Morgan Band - Bass & Drum festival, Folkungag. 84, Stockholm, Sweden
  Also performing: Terry Bozzio and more.
  Complete program available soon.

2008/10/13-20 DW clinic tour - Morgan Ågren, Rickard Nettermalm, Eric Thyselius and more.
  More info about where and when, available soon

2008/10/26 Mats/Morgan Band - Montreal Drumfestival, Montreal, Canade

Also performing: Simon Philips, Lenny White and more.

See complete program here:

2008/12/03 Mats/Morgan Band - Metropol, Köpmannag. 11, Härnösand, Sweden / ph.  0611102 01

2008/12/04 Mats/Morgan Band - Studion - Idunteatern, Umeå, Sweden / ph. 090156200

2008/12/05 Mats/Morgan Band - Musikhuset - Hamnplan 4, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden / ph. 066019100

2008/12/06 Mats/Morgan Band - Pipeline - Kyrkog. 6, Sundsvall, Sweden / ph. 060619940

For more info on Mats/Morgan Band and Morgan Ågren, go to

Mats/Morgan Newsletter December 2008


Mats/Morgan Band gigs coming up!
(Lineup: Mats Öberg, Morgan Ågren, Gustaf Hielm)

2008/12/03 Mats/Morgan Band - concert 'Metropol ', Köpmannag. 11, Härnösand (ph. 0611102 01)

2008/12/04 Mats/Morgan Band - concert 'Studion', Idunteatern, Umeå  (ph. 090156200)

2008/12/05 Mats/Morgan Band - concert 'Musikhuset', Hamnplan 4, Örnsköldsvik  (ph. 066019100)

2008/12/06 Mats/Morgan Band - concert 'Pipeline', Kyrkog. 6, Sundsvall  (ph. 060619940)

2008/12/17 Mats/Morgan Band - concert 'Fasching', Kungsg. 63, Stockholm  (ph. 0853482960)

2009/06/04 Mats/Morgan Band - concert 'BLAEST', TMV kaia 17 / 7014, Trondheim (


* Congrats to Mats for receiving the Jan Johansson award!

* Vic Firth has just uploaded a clip from the Montreal Drumfest, click here to watch

* Morgan, Gustaf and Jimmy Ågren are featured on Tina Ahlins new CD "12 sånger av Allan Edwall"

It is grammy-nominated!! If you want to vote, click here


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