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MODERN AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC AND MUSICAL DEMOCRACY

As a band, Clay Ross and Matuto represent a contemporary movement in American Roots music.  As the information age makes the world more accessible than ever before, and new generations of musicians draw inspiration from vast international influences, Matuto’s sound illustrates a modern perspective on the shared colonial heritage of both North and South America.  This collision of Indigenous, European, and African cultures has laid the foundation for all Contemporary American Music.

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THE POWER OF THE PULSE

This interactive workshop is designed for music lovers of all levels and disciplines. During this hour we will explore rhythmic awareness and fundamental rhythmic patterns through body percussion. This workshop will address Brazilian Rhythms and their relationship to American musical elements such as Second Line and Swing.

Clay Ross will demonstrate his various performance techniques, discuss the writing process, and share his perspectives and professional experiences as a musician in NYC. There will be an open forum for questions and extra time allowed for students with questions relating specifically to the guitar.

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BRAZILIAN FOLK MUSIC

Brazilian musical styles like Bossa Nova, Samba, and Choro have made huge impressions on the American musical landscape for decades, but there is much more to be gleaned from this culturally rich and dynamic country.  Clay Ross and the members of Matuto have spent decades mastering the folkloric styles of the Brazilian Northeast, where Rabecas (Brazilian Fiddle), Accordions, and polyrhythmic percussion instruments reign supreme.  In this workshop we’ll explore styles like forró, xoté, maracatu, and arrasta pé with an in-depth look at the rhythms, melodies, and cultural influences that make up this infectious and universally appealing dance music.