Education - 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.
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.
New Music Director - 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 also currently co-hosts the Rock Hill T.V. Party, a monthly series of improvisation, chaos, and television.
Gasp - Nathan is currently the drummer for GASP, a Rock Hill based Goth-Wave / Eno-Violence band. They released their debut album this past spring, as well as a Tom Waits Cover record, live on Halloween.
Mall Goth - Nathan is the percussionist for the musical theatre outfit Mall Goth, which released their self-titled record, "Mall Goth", in May 2018. This group recently completed their 8th act in "Mall Goth: The Musical", The Deathly Condos. Mall Goth has performed, regionally, a full October residency at Snug Harbor in Charlotte, and at the 2017 and 2018 Boom Festival.
To Be Sure - To Be Sure is the artist name for Nathan's solo marimba work, commissioning, collaborative, and recording projects, and general percussive nonsense. To Be Sure is community driven and focused on bringing accessible chamber music, to unexpected places. Through this project Nathan has commissioned numerous pieces of new music, including a collection of open-scored, instruction based chamber music, from 5 regional composers. These piece are premiering in the Carolinas in February 2019. Recently Nathan completed a cross country tour, promoting his self-titled solo record To Be Sure, a minimalist-pop, solo marimba album.
To Be Sure has recorded one full length record (2017) and a demo tape (2018) and is currently working on two records to be released in early 2019.
To Be Sure has commissioned the following work from the following creative individuals
Elliot Cole - a ray of living light
Skyler Hill - Themes for Now
Krissy Lassiter - What Helps You Grow
Eric Mathews - For You, Nathan
Rob Funkhauser - Chant Mechanics
Dr. Mark Lewis - Simple Sounds For Complex Rounds
Isabel Crespo - Convalescing
Krissy Lassiter - Things Fall Into Place
Anthony Green - A Series of Harmonies
Meredith Butterworth - Day Off
W.A.M.A. - Nathan Matthews is a proud W.A.M.A. artist. He is currently collaborating with film maker Micah Troublefield, musician Brandon Byron, artist Dominique Gadsden, as well as a contributor to the W.A.M.A. zine and podcast.