Michael Giles

Michael Rex Giles (born 1 March 1942) is an English drummer, best known as a co-founder of King Crimson in 1969. Prior to the formation of King Crimson, he also co-founded the short-lived Giles, Giles and Fripp with his brother, Peter, and Robert Fripp the previous year.

Michael Giles
Birth nameMichael Rex Giles
Born (1942-03-01) 1 March 1942 (age 78)
Waterlooville, Hampshire, England
GenresJazz fusion, progressive rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1960–2011
Associated actsKing Crimson, Giles, Giles and Fripp, Leo Sayer, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Michael Giles MAD BAND

Life and careerEdit

Giles was born in Waterlooville, Hampshire, England.

His drumming technique is complex and polyrhythmic, based primarily on the jazz tradition, but also on a developing heavy rock tradition. He orchestrated much of the compositional structure of the first King Crimson album In the Court of the Crimson King,[1] Giles's compositional skills are evidenced by his ability to weave challenging yet seamless tempo changes and subtle melodic deviations in his drumming on the album.

Giles left King Crimson in December 1969, though he played as a session musician on the band's second album, In the Wake of Poseidon. He later joined Ian McDonald to record an album called McDonald and Giles, which was lighter in style than King Crimson, but just as demanding musically. Giles then worked as a session musician for the duration of the 1970s, working with many popular artists including Steve Winwood, Leo Sayer, and Yvonne Elliman. He also played on Ian McDonald's 1999 solo album Driver's Eyes.

Giles also released a solo album, Progress, which was recorded at his home studio in 1978, but not released until 2003.

In 2002, he co-founded the 21st Century Schizoid Band, a group composed mostly of former King Crimson members, but which also included his son-in-law, Jakko Jakszyk, who himself later joined King Crimson on several albums, but after one tour, Giles tired of touring and passed the drum stool over to the late Ian Wallace, another former Crimson drummer.

In late 2008, a new venture was announced, Michael Giles' MAD Band, with Adrian Chivers and Dan Pennie.[1]

He was often cited by the late Rush drummer Neil Peart as an influence.

Selected discographyEdit

Giles, Giles and FrippEdit

King CrimsonEdit

McDonald & GilesEdit

Luther GrosvenorEdit

  • 1971 Under open skies

Murray HeadEdit

  • 1972 Nigel Lived

Jackson HeightsEdit

  • 1972 The Fifth Avenue Bus
  • 1972 Ragamuffins Fool
  • 1973 Bump n' Grind

Leo SayerEdit

Kevin AyersEdit

John G. PerryEdit

  • 1976 Sunset Wading
  • 1995 Seabird

Anthony PhillipsEdit

Ian McDonaldEdit

  • 1999 Driver's Eyes

21st Century Schizoid BandEdit


Movie scoreEdit


  1. ^ "Interview with Michael Giles by Aymeric Leroy – ETWiki". Elephant-talk.com. Retrieved 15 October 2011.