A venerable master of vocal percussion plays at Joe's Pub.
Adam Matta, honorary member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is excited to announce his first official solo release Gyroscope in time for his Joe’s Pub appearance on July 29th.
On Gyroscope, Matta’s penchant for soul-jazz fusion ends up using beatbox as a proselytization of Middle Eastern melodies. The record is an intelligentsia collage of his mongrel influences: b-boy staccato, his father’s old jazz records and downtown New York abstraction.
A former rock drummer, Matta is a meticulous timekeeper. He’s the master of the constricted roll, supplanted with a feathery flourish. Onstage, beads of sweat pour from his forehead as a torrent of beats cascade tightly in a 4/4 frame.
SoulTrain.com declared in a 4-star review that Matta has " impossibly complicated instrumental breaks coated with a dreamy Kid A-like soundscape."
The album was recorded during a period which found Matta writing beatbox rhythms for PBS’ “Electric Company,” composing for theater with a residency at the Here! Arts Center, demonstrating his bike wheel loop pedal at The Maker Faire and opening for Bob Dylan with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Matta beatboxed 16 instruments in a four bar beat to solidify a Guinness World Record in 2009. At the American Beatbox Championship on Aug. 3 at DROM, Matta will be a presiding judge for the next generation of vocal percussionists.