Drum-Teacher at the Artez Conservatory and Pop Academy Enschede, The Netherlands.

Performed/recorded with various artists, like: Billy Cobham, Herman Brood, Shawn Lane, Nippy Noya, Jazzsick (with a.o. Mike Stern, Danny Gottlieb), Hans Dulfer, Carlo de Wijs, Jasper van ‘t Hof, Philip van Endert, The Buffoons, Matalex-guitarist Alex Gunia, Chris Beckers, Soul on the Rocks and many more.

He won the “Yamaha Best Musician Award”.


Dutch drummer/composer René Engel founded his “Group” in 1995 after the release of his first solo-album Despite Opposition, followed by Spheres of Samarkand (1998) and Nostalgia (2003), which had been especially recommended by USA-magazine Fusemag, as a “fantastic, fresh-sounding fusion/world disc”.


His music has been characterized as a wide harmonic/melodic concept combined with a strong rhythmical impact, which includes all different styles, like rock, jazz, latin and world-music, mixed up in his typical expressive and energetic form. No typical “drummer’s music”, but really composed music in which all instruments have their exciting contribution, having their dominant place for showing improvisations. Together with the drums/percussion duets and solos, live it makes his music an adventurously voyage through contemporary music.