Matt Kilmer


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Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, percussionist/drummer Matt Kilmer has proved to be a strong new voice in music. Blending traditional instruments and rhythms with a fresh perspective on contemporary styles of music, he continues to expand as a performer and composer.Playing drumset since the age of eight and performing in various bands in Pittsburgh throughout his teens, Matt moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 1998. There he studied drumset with such artists as Skip Hadden and Casey Scheuerell and learned from Jamey Haddad the techniques of playing frame drums and other percussion that have become the centerpiece of Matt's playing. His instruments of choice include frame drum, kanjira, tabla, ocean drum, djembe, cajon, hadgini (a type of clay drum designed by Jamey Haddad), and drumset.Matt has shared the stage with artists such as Lauryn Hill, master udist Simon Shaheen, Jamey Haddad, saxist Matt Dariau's Paradox trio (which includes guitarist Brad Shepik, and cellist Rufus Cappadocia), kaval player Theodosii Spasov, bansuri master Steve Gorn, Krishna Das, guitarist David Nichtern, basist Mark Egan, cellist Eugene Freisen, harmonica player Howard Levy, guitarist/singer Leni Stern, vibraphonist David Friedman, pianist Leo Blanco, Persian singer Haale, guitarist John Shannon, basist Justin Purtill, basist Mitch Cohn, bansurist Josh Geisler, and programmer Brian Ales among others. His recent work with electronic music has shown another aspect to his musicianship.Throughout his career as a musician, Matt has had the opportunity to travel around the world and perform for many different audiences from various cultures.Currently residing in New York City, he continues to perform and is currently working on recording his latest solo project - Ninety Nine Ocean.