Born and raised in Seattle, Matt has been in love with the ukulele since his grandfather taught him his first chord. A two time Ukulele Underground Undie Award Winner, Matt is known for his virtuosity as an instrumentalist with the ukulele and is considered to be one of the premier “up and coming” artists in a new generation of ukulele players. While the ukulele is typically associated with it’s Hawaiian roots, Matt is taking the instrument in new directions. Instrumental covers of some of rock’s greatest pieces including Behind Blue Eyes (The Who), Hey Jude (The Beatles), Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi), Kids (MGMT) showcase Matt’s unique approach to the undersized instrument. He’s even had a rendition of the NFL on Fox Theme featured on Fox Sports Live!
While his abilities as an ukulele performer are well known, his unique passion for teaching is what has garnered the most attention. He’s been featured in a front page article in the New York times for his online teaching practice. Matt gives one-on-one, as well as group ukulele lessons online from his home in Seattle. He’s now teamed up with Ukulele Underground and Kanile’a Ukulele to deliver courses available for download and streaming online. Matt plays a custom Kanile’a Spruce/Koa Tenor with unique fret number markers to help with teaching.
Spread Aloha through Music
- Ke kanile‘a maika‘i pū kākou!
- The joyful sound that is pleasing to all!
Ua hana i Hawai‘i nei
- Made in Hawai`i