School of Music

Matt LeVeque

Matt LeVeque

Matt LeVeque (b.1996) is a percussionist, composer, and improviser based in Los Angeles. 

An active performer of both composed and improvised music, Matt has performed at New Music on the Point, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, BENXT Festival, Yarn/Wire Institute, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, and others. As part of a continued effort to develop new works with young composers and artists, he maintains ongoing collaborations with Jeonghyeon Joo, Jack Herscowitz, Kevin Good, M A Harms, and Daniel Newman-Lessler (as part of the piano/percussion duo ++). He has also performed alongside the Bergamot Quartet, red fish blue fish, Claire Chase, members of Yarn/Wire, Elliott Sharp, and Vinny Golia.

As a composer and researcher, Matt explores through his work aspects of relationality, intimacy, smallness, and duration in pursuit of a politics of queer utopianism. He has presented works via the Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium, soundpedro, and the Queer Percussion Research Group, among others.

Matt is currently pursuing a Performer-Composer D.M.A. at the California Institute of the Arts, where he studies with Tim Feeney, Michael Pisaro-Liu, and Nicholas Deyoe. He holds a B.A. from UC San Diego and an M.F.A. from CalArts. Past teachers have included Steven Schick (percussion), Rand Steiger (composition), Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow (Dagomba and Ewe drumming), Randy Gloss (frame drum), and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla).