Mathew Solace
Drumset

Mathew received his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University in 2011, and also holds a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University. 

Mathew has performed all across the country as a soloist and large ensemble member. He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) four times, in featured concerts and clinics with the Arizona State Percussion Ensemble, Northern Illinois University Percussion Ensemble, Northern Illinois University "Bau House", and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drumline. Mathew performed with Momentum Percussion Theater, a World Class Finalist of the Winter Guard International (WGI) Circuit, as a founding member in 2003 and 2004. He then went on two US tours with the 6-time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard as a member of the Front Ensemble in 2005 and 2006. He was also a member of the Gilbert High School Drumline from 2001-2004, the first High School Drumline in Arizona to be recognized and raised to the Scholastic World Class rank by WGI.

​Mathew is currently a freelance percussionist in Minnesota, and can be seen performing regularly with the band Vinyl Recliner and the percussion group Matra.

Erik Schee
Vibraphone 

Erik Schee has been teaching drum set and percussion lessons in the Twin Cities area since 2010 and joined the MacPhail percussion faculty in January 2014. Erik’s teaching style is one that stresses the importance of versatility and professionalism. He strives to prepare his students for the wide array of challenges that a percussionist in today’s musical landscape may face. In addition to teaching at each of MacPhail’s Twin Cities locations, Erik also teaches private lessons in the Eden Prairie school district and is the Assistant Marching Band and Percussion Ensemble Director at Park High School and the Jazz Band Director at East Ridge High School.

As a professional musician, Erik plays drum set with several Minneapolis-based bands ranging from jazz, folk, pop, funk, R&B and soul. His own jazz trio, Mill City Jazz, plays regularly in the Twin Cities and you can see him playing as far away as Thunder Bay, Ontario with local brass band McNasty Brass Band. He has the privilege of working for Minnesota music legend, Mick Sterling as the percussionist in his Andy Williams and Bing Crosby holiday show, an Andy/Bing Christmas. Further showcasing his diversity as a performer, Erik is the drummer and percussionist in the popular Minnesota kid’s band the Jolly Pops, which caters to very young audiences. He also frequently performs with Copper Street Brass, an education focused brass
quintet that tours the Midwest extensively bringing musical opportunities to low arts access communities.

In the folk-rock genre, Erik performed for 5 years with the Twin Cities-based band, The Paper Days. Their debut full-length record, Falling is Easy (2015), saw airplay on local Minneapolis radio stations The Current and Go 96.3. Falling is Easy effectively illustrates Erik’s versatility as a musician. On the record he can be heard playing everything from drum set, vibraphone, cabasa, udu, and congas as well as singing vocal harmonies. In 2011, Erik shared the stage with pop star Willow Smith at the Target Center as a featured drummer in a performance of her hit single, “Whip My Hair.”

In the classical realm, Erik has been involved in collaborations with groups such as the Joffrey Ballet for their performance of The Rite of Spring at the Orpheum Theater as well as several performances with the Minneapolis-based choral group VocalEssence, most recently a concert of PDQ Bach’s music under the direction of Peter Schickele. He also works with two professional theater companies in the Twin Cities area – Impossible Salt and Theater Elision.

Erik received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and studied with Fernando Meza, Phil Hey and Peter Kogan.

Ryan Hays
Double Bass

Ryan Hays is a double bassist living and working in the Twin Cities area.  Drawing on knowledge and intuition gained from the passionate study of several musical traditions (and also remembering to follow his own heart), Ryan seeks to be a supportive and creative member of any musical project he is involved in.  

 

Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in bass performance from Lawrence University in 2014, where he studied with Mark Urness, Fred Sturm, and Bill Carrothers.  Since arriving in the Twin Cities, he has performed as a member of Endeavors, Gabe Barnett & Them Rounders, and Sister Species.  He also works regularly as freelance musician with a variety of jazz and folk groups in the area. 

 

Ryan is stoked to be a recent addition to the (now not entirely) percussion group Matra.

Krissy Bergmark
Tabla

Krissy Bergmark is a tabla player, percussionist, composer, and freelance instructor in the Twin Cities. Bergmark was a 2015 grantee of the Jerome Foundation's Music Travel and Study Grant, and travelled to Mumbai, India in January and February of 2016 to study tabla and to compose new music for her percussion quartet, Matra.  Krissy returned to Mumbai in the summer of 2017 to continue her tabla studies and composition through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Fund.  Bergmark is also a recipient of the 2016 Cedar Commissions Grant, with which she premiered her piece for tabla, cello, electric guitar, fiddle, and solo dancer, entitled The Darkest Timeline, in February of 2017. 

Bergmark received her Master’s Degree in 2012 in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Fernando Meza and directed the U of M Steel Band.  She is a 2010 graduate of Northern Illinois University in percussion performance, and a student of Greg Beyer, Robert Chappell, and Rich Holly, and also played with NIU's World Steel Band under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis. In 2009, Krissy has also had the opportunity to travel to India as an undergraduate to study tabla drumming with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai through the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research Grant at Northern Illinos University.  Krissy currently studies tabla through classes and individual lessons with Dr. Allalaghatta Pavan in Minneapolis, and continues her studies with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai. She also currently serves as the Vice President for the Minnesota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Krissy enjoys teaching percussion ensemble, percussion lessons, and marching percussion at both Farmington High School and Lakeville South High School. In addition to marching percussion, Krissy has curated a percussion ensemble, steel band, and honors quartet at Lakeville South High School, as well as a winter percussion ensemble program at Farmington High School.  For more information on private lessons, please email krissybergmark@gmail.com, or visit www.krissybergmark.com.

Krissy also plays with the Pan-handler Steel Band (http://www.pan-handlers.org), Piciformes (electric guitarist Sam Genualdi and banjo player Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose) and Despejada (pianist Steven Hobert, guitarist Ben Abrahamson).

Jenny Klukken
Marimba

Jenny Klukken is a marimbist currently living Richfield, Minnesota. Jenny combines her classical percussion background with her passion for folk/jazz/world music and improvisation. She bridges the gap between virtuosic and precise repertoire and live, creative, and adaptive music making. Jenny actively engages as an innovative marimbist by performing in a composing for unexpected ensemble settings including jazz, Latin, bluegrass, Brazilian, Indian classical, rock, and more. She values music that speaks to a wide variety of audiences and that pushes the boundaries of her instrument by collaborating in creative genre and instrument fusions. She strives to break ground as a marimbist by taking the instrument out of quiet recital halls and into new ears, and by celebrating its versatility with approachable, exciting, and unique music.

 

Jenny is native to central rural Minnesota and grew up in a home full of bluegrass, gospel, and Irish folk music, from which she draws much of her inspiration as a composer. She first moved to the Twin Cities area to study percussion performance at the University of Minnesota with Fernando Meza, Steve Yeager, and Phil Hey. While studying classical percussion, Jenny discovered her aptitude for performing and composing for marimba. Since completing her formal education, Jenny has been and active marimbist and percussionist in the Twin Cities.

 

In 2012, Jenny co-founded the percussion group Matra. Matra provides Jenny with a platform for composing and playing marimba in her own unique approach. Her newest musical collaboration is with local singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Everest and percussionist Andrew Turpening, “Sticks and Strings”. In this ensemble, Jenny explores the marimba’s possibilities in Brazilian music.

In 2013, Jenny became the first female to join the percussion faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music, a non-profit organization for community music education that was founded in 1907 and now serves over 13,000 music students. She also teaches through MacPhail’s Music for Life program, bringing music appreciation classes to older adults living with dementia. Jenny shares her passion for people and music with her class Drum for Life, a hands-on drumming class for older adults with memory loss. Jenny was a workshop presenter at the 2014 Artsage Midwestern Conference in St. Paul MN, helping to promote artful aging for seniors through percussion.

Jenny also teaches percussion lessons and ensembles at Chanhassen High School, which enrolls over 1500 students in the western Twin Cities suburbs.

Andres Crovetti
Vibraphone (on hiatus)

Born in Illinois and raised in Wisconsin, Andres Crovetti received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion at the University of Minnesota in 2013 and has since been building his career as a musician and performer in the Twin Cities and beyond. Outside of Matra, Andres performs both as a drummer and vibraphonist with a variety of groups in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, produces music of his own, and has toured full time as percussionist with the nationally acclaimed Dallas Brass. As an educator, Andres teaches at Shell Lake Jazz Camp in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, along with any private students that come his way. Andres has had the privilege of performing at esteemed venues with great musicians and friends, and enjoys the daily challenges and excitement of a career in the arts. In his free time, you might find Andres bowling or catching up on the latest Green Bay Packers news.

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