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"Lynn Book--Sarah Lawrence College, Wake Forest University"

“His beats are unsurpassable, but what really makes this guy wail is the mind inside the body heretic.”-- Lynn Book, professor, Sarah Lawrence College , Wake Forest University

- Lynn Book

"Reg E Gaines, poet, playwright"

“After experiencing the unique stylings of Adam Matta's musical collage, I came away realizing a new era of self expression is upon us. Like a John Coltrane solo, Adam's ‘Beat Boxing’ creates narratives which mere words could never accomplish…about time someone is doing something other than the norm.“
--Reg E Gaines, playwright, Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk

- Reg E Gaines

"HERE and Now--Village Voice"

by Alexis Soloski
January 8th, 2007 6:48 PM

...his ability to remix his own voice is remarkable, at first singing over a synced beat and then slowing it down, speeding it up, dubbing, scratching, even using the layrngeal equivalent of a wah-wah pedal. He's wonderful to watch in these moments, right hand on the mic, left hand flailing in time, drops of spit and sweat flying off him. He must get terribly dehydrated....
- Village Voice

"Shakespeare remixed--Ithaca Journal"

"Matta is the soul of ['Beatbox Bard'], and because his mic covers his face throughout, we only see his impassive almond eyes and his quiet, rhythmic physical presence — until the curtain call, when the mic drops and the person behind the performer breaks through. With throat, tongue, voice and breath he creates not just beatbox rhythms (an urban tradition already a quarter-century old), underscoring or counterpointing the play's action, but an entire soundscape."--Ithaca Journal - Ithaca Journal

"Bora Yoon and Adam Matta, at Lincoln Center"

"...beatbox maestro..." - Wired Magazine

"Atomic Duos at Here Arts Center"

"...virtuoso..." - Flavorpill

"Hank Roberts and Friends at the Lost Dog"

" sonic abstract expressionism..." - Ithaca Times


Rage Against the Drum Machine--solo, self-released, 2005
The L Word Season II: Sessions(Tommy Boy Records)--guest artist, 2005
Too Hot to Sleep, Luminescent Orchestrii--guest artist, 2005
Chambers Sessions, The Animators--guest artist, 2004
Feel Good Music for the Broke Middle Class, Mad Happy(Bar None)--guest artist, 2003



Adam Matta, vocal percussionist and sound effect artist, is a 2007-09 Artist in Residence at Cornell University, where he produces live events and beatboxes for dance classes. He performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, with Bobby McFerrin and 19 other young vocalists from around the world, in "Instant Opera!." Solo shows include: The New Museum for Contemporary Art, Here Arts Center, La MAMA Annex, PS 122 and Galapagos. Featured in: "Beatbox Bard," Bruce Levitt's 2007 play, mixing beatboxing and Shakespeare; Damon Wayan's "The Underground," on Showtime. Music appears in: "The L Word: Season II, Sessions," released on Tommy Boy Records; Benson Lee's documentary, "Planet B-Boy;" NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Storycorps. He has performed with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Bora Yoon, Sxip Shirey, Eyal Maoz, Tim Lefebvre, Shara Worden, and Beatboxer Entertainment, at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, and the Apollo Theater.