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Matt Hannafin

Matt Hannafin is a New York–born, Portland-based percussionist active in both Persian classical and traditional music and contemporary free improvisation. He studied Persian tombak with master Kavous Shirzadian; frame drums with Jamey Haddad, Glen Velez, and Layne Redmond; African and Afro-Caribbean percussion with John Amira and Magette Fall; and voice with composer La Monte Young and the legendary Pandit Pran Nath. He's performed with a wide range of collaborators in both traditional and avant settings, including Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Sun Ra altoist Marshall Allen, shakuhachi master Jeffrey Lependorf, trumpeter Nate Wooley, Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller, Ukrainian bandura maestro Julian Kytasty, electronics players Brian Moran and Doug Theriault, and pianist Dan DeChellis — as well as with various Persian and Sephardic ensembles, percussion ensembles, modern and traditional dance groups, turntablists, country singers, and zen flower arrangers. He has appeared at venues and festivals around the United States, from the United Nations and the New England Conservatory to the late, lamented CBGB’s. His recordings include two solo percussion CDs, a disk of environmental musique concrete, and various collaborations, including six live disks with Brian Moran as the improvisation/sound-sculpture duo Shunyata. More info at