Lives and works in Portland, OR USA
Matt Hannafin is a Portlandbased percussionist active in both free improvisation and traditional Iranian music. He studied Iranian tombak (classical goblet drum) with master Kavous Shirzadian; frame drums with Jamey Haddad and Glen Velez; African and Afro-Caribbean percussion with John Amira, Magette Fall, and others; and voice with composer La Monte Young and master Pandit Pran Nath. For New Music performances he uses a percussion kit that blends the timbres of various Asian traditions with those of the orchestral percussion ensemble and the urban/industrial soundscape, allowing deeper exploration of sympathetic resonance, continuous layered sound, and organizational principles based on tonal decay, textural progression, and event sequencing.
Mr. Hannafin is also a member of the improvisation groups Chainworks (with pianist Dan DeChellis and electronics player Brian Moran) and Two Moon Ensemble (with flautist Muriel Vergnaud, clarinetist Rich Gross, and bandurist Michael Andrec). He's performed solo and with tar/zarb player Kavous Shirzadian, bandurist Julian Kytasty, soprano Anita DeChellis, theremin player James Colemen, sax player Blaise Siwula, guitarists Chris Forsyth and Ed Littman, percussionists Hearn Gadbois, Glen Velez, and Jeff Arnal, and many others. In the 1980s he was a regular guest with NY/NJ dada-noise legends Children in Adult Jails and performed as half of the improv/industrial duo Alexis at Spala with electronics player C. J. Earner. In 199394 he was the first male drummer in Layne Redmondšs previously all-female percussion ensemble The Mob of Angels, and from 1995 to 2003 was percussionist for the Iranian traditional/Sufi ensemble Soroosh, featuring singer/instrumentalist Amir Ali Vahabzadegan and ney/sorna player Omar Faruk Tekbilek. For the past several years hešs been active as a teacher of Persian classical and traditional percussion.
Mr. Hannafin has appeared at the Miami Iranian Cultural Festival (1998 and 1999); the United Nations and the Iranian Mission to the UN, Symphony Space (NYC), the New England Conservatory (Boston), and scores of other venues, including performances for the World Music Institute and numerous cultural and arts groups. He's released two recordings with Chainworks (Red Rooms and Twenty Minutes in Brooklyn, 5-4-2003, both on Sachimay Records) and in early 2004 his first solo CD, Eight Pieces in Suspended Time, was released also on Sachimay.
"Four Readings." (excerpt) (voices in the wilderness)
Part I (Track 6) (all the states between)
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America
STOP THE WAR! Created out of the anxiety & disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This CD of 26 artists transcends music genres & ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the Bush regime. END THE WAR IN IRAQ! "Perfect reminder that we must not forget this madness" Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE & MATT HANNAFIN: All the States Between
Extreme-ambient sound collage mixing electronics, field recordings, & radical turntablism with extended-technique percussion. "Open minded sound collage fans will find much to enjoy here." Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations
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