Beatboxer, visual artist, and animator Adam Matta proves himself a one-man, multimedia band with Sketches. All of the art and animation is of his sole creation, and every sound, beat, horn and effect is generated by his unaltered voice. Predominantly a live performer, this Gralbum is the first time Adam has had the opportunity to unite the seemingly disparate mediums he works in to express a singular vision. The result is a potent and compelling whole. Travel through this eclectic gallery of video and images as Adam’s beatbox stylings inspire a new understanding of the dynamic capacity of human sound.
Run time: 7:39
Download Size: 172 MB
Produced and published by The Gralbum Collective
Released: April 2014
1 song - "Cellophane" (7:39)
25 original paintings
2 stop-motion animated videos
Ability to export song to iTunes for listening and sharing
Music, Art, and Animations: Adam Matta
Adam Matta is a human beatboxer and vocal performance artist from New York City. His style fuses elements of hip-hop, rock electronic, jazz, contemporary and Middle Eastern music - sometimes all in the same composition.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Bobby McFerrin and collaborated with numerous other artists in New York and beyond, including tabla master and producer Karsh Kale, circus composer Sxip Shirey, avante-garde guitarist Eyal Maoz, poet/playwright Reg E Gaines, cellist Noah Hoffeld, new music composer Bora Yoon and multi-instrumentalist Michael Leonhart of Steely Dan. appearing at venues as diverse as Madison Square Garden, The Apollo Theater, Town Hall, Blender Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Stone.
Adam has had solo shows at Joe's Pub, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Galapagos, PS 122, La Mama and Here Arts Center, and has been an Artist in Residence at Cornell University, Here Arts Center, Gertrude Stein Repertory Theater's Digital Performance Institute and League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR). With LEMUR, a mic was connected to a fleet of robotic instruments, through a digital interface, and an interactive demonstration was performed in Brooklyn and at Trondheim Matchmaking, in Norway.
Adam’s music has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered, as well as in Benson Lee's documentary "Planet B-Boy" and "The L Word." He was featured in "Beatbox Bard," a play directed by Bruce Levitt in 2007 at Cornell University mixing beatboxing and Shakespeare, and he was "Boxman" in “In Transit,” a 2008 a cappella musical developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Festival. Additionally, Adam appeared on Damon Wayans' The Underground, CUNY-TV's Art or Something Like It, WNYE's Afterschool, and in Storycorps/Soundportraits, improvising with Arabic music. In 2009, he was also on PBS's The Electric Company.