Matt Cook is a GRAMMY® Award winning percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is known for his work with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the experimental classical ensemble WildUP, and microtonal band PARTCH. He is also involved in projects ranging from folk rock music to jazz and international ensembles. Matt’s work is heard on studio and film recordings but is often seen in live performance at major concert venues across the country.
As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician and performer at several universities including Stanford, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. He also presents at events like the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention and the American Composers Jazz Institute. Matt currently teaches percussion at Ventura and Fullerton Colleges and his virtual percussion course can be taken on www.MusicProfessor.com where he takes students through all of the basic aspects of percussion and rhythm. www.matthewhcook.com
Justin DeHartJustin DeHart is an avid performer of contemporary musical styles - from classical to pop, and from world to electronic. DeHart’s musical resume includes performances with the San Diego symphony, pipa master Wu Man, and various pop legends, including Cheap Trick. His debut solo album entitled Strange Paths on Innova Recordings (works by Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Gordon and Stuart Saunders Smith) was lauded as “mesmerizing” by Percussive Notes for his “palette of sounds and intricate weaving of lines.” DeHart was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for percussion studies in India (2001-02) and his talents have been featured at concerts around the globe. As a California native, he holds a B.M. from CSU Sacramento, a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and a D.M.A. from UC San Diego. He has solo, chamber and contemporary recordings on MCA, Sony, Mode, Innova, Sono Luminus, Albany, New World, HatHut, Populist, Sub Pop, and Skunk Records. DeHart currently resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, and teaches music at the University of Canterbury. www.justindehart.com
Nick TerryNick Terry has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, working closely with such musical luminaries as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Chinary Ung, Steven Schick & red fish blue fish, Fritz Hauser, Eighth Blackbird, the California E.A.R. Unit, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is an active performer in many of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed music series, and his discography includes releases on Albany Records, Innova, New World, ein Klang, Bridge, HatHut, Capstone, and Sono Luminus. Terry is an Assistant Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. www.nickterrypercussion.com
Cory HillsCory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship in contemporary arts exploration to Institute Fabrica. Hills has commissioned and premiered over 80 new works for percussion, and given solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Australia, The United States, Mexico, and China. He is the creator of Percussive Storytelling, a program that has brought classical music and storytelling to more than 50,000 children in eight countries. The Lost Bicycle, his debut solo CD of percussive stories was released in the spring of 2010 and received four national awards: a gold medal from the NAPPA Parent’s Awards, a silver medal from the Parent’s Choice Awards, a World Storytelling Honors Award, and a Creative Child preferred choice award. An advocate for percussion as an artistic discipline, Hills has been artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Conservatorio de Las Rosas, and a fellow at the OMI international artist’s colony. www.coryhills.com www.splatboombang.com