Adam Matta

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About Adam Matta

"Pigmentality: the illness exhibited by police who stop citizens based solely on skin color."

"Even if you're blazing your own trail, you still have to stay in your lane."

"Life can be music, music is sound.  Let's help each other be safe and sound."


Dear Friends and Family,

I am creating a subscription service to be able to fund each of the strands of my creative endeavors, from live improvised beatbox compositions and concerts, to ideas for large-scale multi-media work, illustration, writing, painting and animated films.

By subscribing, you will receive regularly-uploaded music compositions, illustration and visual art, video, films, and writing, including essays, creative non-fiction and poetry.  

Victor Hugo said, "There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come," and currently, I have a great number of these.

In 1997, I had an idea to combine my passions for mountain biking and visual art, and create a performance executing mountain bike observed trials maneuvers on canvases with paint on the tires. I began to perform it publicly in 2002, and have been giving appearances and workshops ever since, at schools, outdoor art events, etc.



In 2005, another artist created a performance in which motorcycle riders "drift" in the street, leaving tire marks on the pavement. It happened to be at the same New York venue and event in which I debuted my performance.



His work went on to be covered by The New York Times, and in 2010, I was performing in Europe, looked up in London's Victoria Train Station, and saw that BMW had created an ad in which one of their vehicles was executing street style maneuvers with paint on its tires on a large canvas.



This is one of many different moments in which I've had an idea, or insight, explored it, and found myself ahead of the curve, or that the questions I was asking I assumed others had as well, but, in fact, had not.

I am currently sitting on at least another 50 of these ideas, with respect to topics in physics, art education, art theory, Western views of Islam and the Middle East, combinations of modern choreography and visual art, environmental justice, health and medicine, and many more.

In 2008, I was an artist in residence at Cornell University, and, after collaborating with traditional Middle Eastern musicians there, I came upon an idea to create a concert festival called "Axis of Equals," which would present Middle Eastern, Arabic and Jewish music projects combining traditional sounds with contemporary approaches in rock, hip hop, jazz, electronica, etc.  I've since created two versions, at Cornell University, and in New York City.  With the help of Dave Fiuczynski, a clinic with the ideas was presented at Berklee College of Music.  This program is still in development.

I often offer observations such as during the draft of the TPP bill by President Obama, Bernie Sanders pointing out, that corporations were freely allowed full access to view drafts of the bill, while Congress members were prohibited. To me, this seemed to be in direct contradiction with the Citizens United decision that corporations must be treated as people.

I know I am not the first to say this, but hate speech is not free. Current dialogues around race and identity leave out massive areas where communication does not "break down," it is shot in the knees. Experiences providing music and vocal soundscapes at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Urban Theater Arts Festival, and more performances in New York and overseas, have yielded me perspectives to create bridges where many have only seen, or seek to continue deepening, chasms.

I have been creating essays on technology, artificial intelligence, the dissemination of topics in physics and math to lay audiences, inter-cultural dialogue, musicology, beatbox critical theory, environmental awareness, and many more ideas, as well as poetry and creative non-fiction.

Some may be familiar with my kinetic instrument, "Bicycle Wheel and Walkman," which was a feature at Maker Faire in New York in four years of the event, garnering Blue Ribbon Awards at each. I currently have a "suite" of ideas for more projects of similar innovative weight in fields including art education, interactive video for performance, presentations of topics in physics and math, environmental activism, and more. I would love to be able to share these projects with you, and receive support for their development.

By signing up for this subscription, you will receive beatbox compositions made on a regular basis, blog entries, episodes from "Off the Beaten Path: The Man Who Beatboxed Too Much (working title)," graphic designs, poster ideas, illustrations and cartoons, paintings (watercolor, oil, mixed media), animated videos and animatics, updates on live and multi-media events, including exclusive access and tickets, recordings and videos from the archive of the nearly 1500 concerts I've supported, or provided, in collaboration with some of the most visionary and celebrated artists on the planet, and many more updates, videos, and sketches from the lab.

Please consider signing on to this service. I am immensely grateful for my fans around the world, and for support for these new projects. I've been truly blessed along this path providing sounds, beats, compositions, art and ideas, at national and international venues, from collaborations with Rhiannon Giddens and The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Karsh Kale, Tim Lefebvre, Bobby McFerrin, Joyful Heart Foundation, and many others, to concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Brooklyn Museum, Telfair Museum (Savannah, GA), Eugene O'Neill Theater Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and education programs throughout NYC and overseas. I would be honored to continue sharing more of these recordings, documents, and works still-in-progress, with you.

With unflagging gratitude,

Adam
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