Matt Wasowski

Matt in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe with close friend and songwriting collaborator, Killion “Kidza” Manyika.

Matt in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe with close friend and songwriting collaborator, Killion “Kidza” Manyika.

Matt has been an active music educator as both a private instructor and elementary school teacher for 20+ years.  He has traveled to Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia and South Africa to study, perform, volunteer and donate instruments. Along with Jim Svendsen, he co-founded the Gorham School of Music in 2013. Matt recently returned from a return trip to Zimbabwe to record an album with his good friend Killion Manyika entitled Waiting For Soon to Come (available on Manyika & Moyo’s Bandcamp page). Back in December and January of 2011-2012, he helped launch a guitar program at the Bizung School of Music and Dance in Tamale, Ghana, which provides free, arts-based education for kids through the efforts of the Playing For Change Foundation.  In 2006, he wrote grants to fund the construction of a set of marimbas at Lyons Elementary School in Colorado and taught there for 7 years.  He is a life-long learner and continues to write, record and perform locally with Raging Brass and the Maine Marimba Ensemble. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHOsFZNkONQ