Klaus Kugel is one of the distinguished drummers in contemporary jazz according to the American critic Dave Vain. He began his musical career in traditional jazz in Munich. In 1989 he met Petras Vysniauskas, and that encounter became the most significant for both.
Besides performing with PRIORITY, Klaus plays with other famous musicians. Among his partners there are such names as Tomasz Stanko, Bobo Stenson, Glen Moore, William Parker, and Roy Campbell. One of his brilliant records with the unique Trio Second Approach is an excellent work, and in 2007 they performed together at JAZZ-GLOBUS festival.