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Matt LeVeque (b.1996) is a percussionist, composer, and improviser based in Los Angeles.

 

As a composer, scholar, and artist, Matt’s work centers around questions of intimacy, relationality, nostalgia, and absence, in pursuit of an aesthetic of queer futurity. In addition to instrumental music, his work expands organically to include electronic music, sound and video installations, films, intermedia performance, and written text. As part of a continued effort to develop new works with young composers and artists, he maintains ongoing collaborations with musicians Daniel Newman-Lessler, Jack Herscowitz, and Jeonghyeon Joo, composer/intermedia artist M A Harms, and poet Justin Dela Cruz. He has presented creative and scholarly work via the Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium, soundpedro, the Queer Percussion Research Group, REDCAT, and others.

 

An active performer of composed and improvised music, Matt has performed at New Music on the Point, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, BENXT Festival, Yarn/Wire Institute, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, and others. He has commissioned several new works for percussion from young composers such as Mason Moy, Kevin Good, Eric Lennartson, María Alejandra Bulla, and Wong Foo Jeng. He has also performed alongside the Bergamot Quartet, red fish blue fish, Ana Luisa Díaz de Cossío, Niloufar Shiri, Leo Chang, Claire Chase, Katherine Young, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, members of Yarn/Wire, Elliott Sharp, and Vinny Golia, in venues such as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Automata Arts, Coaxial Arts Foundation, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, NettNett Performance Space, Dotolim, and others. 

 

Matt is currently pursuing a Performer-Composer DMA at the California Institute of the Arts, where he studies with Tim Feeney and Michael Pisaro-Liu. He holds a BA from UC San Diego and an MFA from CalArts. Past teachers have included Steven Schick, Rand Steiger, Lei Liang, Amy Cimini, Nicholas Deyoe, and Eyvind Kang. He is a member of experimental music groups Castle Anthrax and ++.

contact: mleveque42@gmail.com

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