Nathan Matthews

Percussionist / Collaborator / Artist / Educator

Nathan Matthews (b. 1994) is a percussionist, avid performer, and artist currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2017 Nathan graduated from Winthrop, where he was named the 2016 Presser Scholar, with Music Education Degree and Performance focus. He studied under the tutelage of Dr. B. Michael Williams and Dr. Adam Snow.

Nathan is currently the Director of New Music through Concerts at the Courtroom in Rock Hill, SC. This series focuses on community oriented music, large scale performances, and audience participation. As director Nathan has organized performances of Terry Riley's In C, Michael Pisaro's ricefall (2), Jason Treuting's Amid the Noise, the Oneaka Mack West African Dance Ensemble, and a full evening of the music of Pauline Oliveros. 

Nathan currently  co-hosts the Rock Hill T.V. Party, a monthly series of improvisation, chaos, and television. Recently Nathan completed a cross country tour, promoting his debut solo record To Be Sure featuring two commissions from composers Elliot Cole and Skyler Hill. In 2016 Nathan attended the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. There he played on premier performances of Spokane by Daniel Webbon and Discotheque by Wally Gunn. He also played on Music for Wood and Strings by Bryce Dessner in the second group to ever do so. Nathan has performed twice at the Big Ears Music festival in Knoxville, TN. In the 2016 festival he performed on John Luther Adams's Inuksuit and in 2017 on Michael Pisaro's a wave and waves. In 2015 he premiered his collaborative sculpture installation, Repaired Piano, with artist Connor Clinch, at the Sold Out gallery opening in Rock Hill, SC. 

Nathan's musical theater outfit has completed their 8th act in "Mall Goth: The Musical", and well as released their debut record, "Mall Goth". They have performed regionally as well as a full October residency at Snug Harbor in Charlotte and was featured on the 2017 and 2018 Boom Festival. Nathan also performers as the drummer for GASP, a Rock Hill based Goth-Wave band, which recently released their debut album, as well as a live Tom Waits Cover record. 

Nathan's most recent projects include the commissioning of three new works for percussion by Rob Funkhauser, Krissy Lassiter, and Eric Mathews. 

Nathan Matthews is a proud W.A.M.A. artist. 

 Photo by  Lindsey Bargar
 Photos by  Neesmith Onzeur  

Photos by Neesmith Onzeur