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Matt Andreini

Cedar Falls, IA   

Percussionist Matt Andreini is a native Iowan and currently teaches at the University of Northern Iowa.  At the university, he co-directs a new music initiative for his percussion students, providing students an opportunity to interact directly with composers and participate in the collaborative process.  In its third year, the initiative has sponsored and premiered new works by influential contemporary percussion composers such as Michael Burritt, Kevin Bobo, and Gene Koshinski as well as emerging artists.

In 2006, Andreini pursued studies at the University of Debrecen in eastern Hungary.  At that time, he became interested in the repertoire of Hungarian percussion works which, due to cultural and linguistic barriers, are often widely unknown outside its borders.  In 2012, he began to collaborate with Hungarian percussionist Gabor Palotas, forming the “Iowa/Hungary Project.” This unique duo specializes in the performance of contemporary percussion works by Iowan and Hungarian composers, aiming to broaden listeners’ familiarity of percussion music from their native homes.  Since the project’s inception in 2012, members of the duo have jointly commissioned and premiered more than 50 works, creating a unique opportunity for cultural exchange.

Andreini maintains an active performance schedule, performing a wide variety of genres with numerous ensembles.  In addition to his regular performing schedule, he is frequently a featured soloist with ensembles and has performed multiple international tours throughout Europe, Central, and South America.  As a chamber musician, Matthew has recently shared the stage with groups such as the Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet.

Derek Dreier – Snap Crackle

Snap Crackle, for percussion duo, pays homage to the legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes (aka. “Snap Crackle”) who was known for his characteristically crisp and fast snare drum sound. This work was commission by Matt Andreini and the Iowa/Hungary Project in 2017.

Performed by Matt Andreini and Derek Dreier (composer) at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Brooke Joyece – In Memoriam Eius

Matt Andreini and Gabor Palotas of the Iowa/Hungary Project commissioned this work in 2015. This 17 minutes, 7 movement work was premiered at the 2016 Iowa Days of Percussion with the University of Northern Iowa Women’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. Amy Kotsonis.

This recording was filmed live at the Luther College on March 6, 2016 featuring the Luther Collegiate Chorale conducted by Brooke Joyce (composer), with soprano soloist Genevieve Kalland. The work is also featured on the Iowa/Hungary Projects “All Systems Go” recording.

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Kevin Bobo – Swarm

Bobo’s “Swarm” is a result of the UNI Percussion New Music Initiative which is co-directed by Matt Andreini and Ryan Frost.

“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.”

Performed live at University of Northern Iowa.

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