A San Diego based musician, Matt was born in Wellesley, MA in 1994 and began his passion for music studying classical mallet percussion on marimba from the age of 5. In middle school he added the drum set and later transitioned to jazz vibraphone and jazz drums in high school. Matt graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory in 2017 with two bachelor's degrees in jazz vibraphone performance and neuroscience. While at Oberlin, Matt studied privately under jazz pianist Dan Wall, percussionist Michael Rosen., and was also mentored by Suillvan Fortner and Jamie Haddad. His extensive experience as a live sound technician and recording engineer in Oberlin have enabled him to produce audio and video for most of the content he creates. Ultimately, Matt bring a gregarious and enthusiastic energy to all the music he composes, performs and teaches. Through his work, he encourages us to come to a higher awareness of ourselves and a better understanding of the world around us.
Matt has performed his original music on multiple tours in the U.S. as well as internationally in Europe and the Middle East. Select performances of his own original music include headlining the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival, opening for KNOWER, Tri-C Jazz Festival (Cleveland), Carson City Jazz Festival, Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Tsai Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and San Diego's Symphony Hall. Matt has shared the stage with artists such as Genevieve Artadi, Kamau Kenyatta, Michael League, Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White and De'Sean Jones.
As a neuroscientist, Matt has researched how multi-sensory perception impacts our interpretation of music at Oberlin, how the nervous system communicates with the immune system at Harvard, and has shadowed neurological music therapists who treat traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. He has also participated in conferences such as the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and the international NeuroMusic Conference. All of Matt’s scientific pursuits inform his approach to composing, arranging, and producing music. As a musician, he hopes to incorporate elements of neural networks and machine learning into live performance, and also aims to raise awareness within the musical community about the importance of engagement in scientific research.