Jonathan Mattson

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Jonathan Mattson, born and raised in San Diego, California, is a drummer, composer, and improvisor who graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors degree in jazz studies. He is currently in the ICIT (Integrated Composition Improvisation Technology) Masters program at UCI. For the past ten years, Jonathan and his twin brother Jared have been composing, performing, and recording original compositions under the name The Mattson 2, a brand of Indie/Jazz using Drums and Guitar. They have collaborated extensively with artist and filmmaker Thomas Campbell, as well as pro-skateboarders/musicians Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Currently, The Mattson 2 are signed to Galaxia records of which they have released three albums: an EP entitled Introducing the Mattson 2, recorded partly by John McEntire (Tortoise/The Sea and Cake), a collaboration album called Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2, and their latest full length LP Feeling Hands-which recently won the award for Best Jazz Album in San Diego 2011 at the San Diego Music Awards. They have toured extensively throughout Japan, Scandinavia, The United States, Paris, France, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. At UCI his goal is to continue developing his compositional style using electronic and acoustic instruments, as well as expanding his musical dialogue as an improvisor.

“Black Rain”

“Man from Anamnesis”