Matt Richards is currently attending USC’s Thornton School of music, where he is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Percussion Performance, studying under Jim Babor and Joe Pereira. He has performed regularly with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, and the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. Some of his performance highlights include an opening for Smokey Robinson and the West Coast Premiere of John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit at the 2012 Ojai Music Festival. You can also hear Matt on a recently recorded Philanthropy project called Listen to the Story, which featured renowned musicians Peter Erskine, Aaron Serfaty, and Ndugu Chancler.
In addition to his classical exploits, Matt is also a member of the arabic jazz quintet “Zehtune”, which has begun to perform frequently in the LA area, as well as a performance in San Francisco’s “Reorient” cultural festival. He also was a founding member of “The Circle”, which is a world percussion ensemble in which he played Tabla and Djembe, providing concerts and drum therapy education to the community. Matt also has a private teaching studio and has taught at many middle schools, participating in the Thornton Outreach program, which offers musical instruction to students in lower income communities.