Born on the 11th August 1986 in Ireland, Matthew Jacobson is a drummer, composer, bandleader, educator and producer currently based in Dublin. He completed his BA in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin in 2008 and in 2010 he received a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Lucerne University, Switzerland.
He has represented his country, touring with the European Jazz Orchestra in 2008 and also performs regularly in Ireland and abroad. He is also a co-director of Diatribe Records, Ireland's leading record label for new sounds and the Irish co-producer of European exchange tour network and annual festival Match&Fuse. Since 2010, Matthew has been a member of faculty on Newpark Music Centre’s BA in Jazz Performance program, as both a drum tutor and ensemble leader.
As well as performing, composing for and recording with his own quartet ReDiviDeR, winners of the Cork Jazz Festival 2011 ‘Best Young Artist Award’, and drums and bass saxophone duo Insufficient Funs, he also co-lead Roamer, a quartet of Ireland's most internationally recognised improvisers; Swiss-based guitar trio Blowout Fracture; German-based quintet A E R I E; and New York-based trio FarJam. Matthew has also worked with several leading European and American creative music specialists including: Evan Parker and Kit Downes (UK); Ralph Alessi, Peter Evans and Mark Feldman (US); Niels Klein and Nils Wogram (DE); and Savina Yannatou (GR) and performs regularly at home in Ireland with contemporary traditional Irish Ensemble Ériu; folk songscape quartet Clang Sayne; piano trio F-JoB; and Chris Guilfoyle’s math-jazz quintet Umbra.
As well as receiving scholarships to spend time studying at both the School for Improvisational Music in New York and Berklee College of Music in Boston, he also received a Travel and Training award from the Irish Arts Council to spend six weeks at Brhaddhvani in Chennai, South India studying the region's traditional Carnatic music. In 2014, Matthew received an Irish Arts Council Bursary award to develop solo drum- set techniques.
He received a Fulbright Scholar Award in Performing Arts to spend a nine-month period, starting September 2013, in New York developing compositional and improvisational skills. He was recently selected as Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s inaugural Musician-in-Residence from October 2015 – January 2016.
Matthew proudly uses Jesse Simpson Cymbals with thanks to the Irish Arts Council, Music Network and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
DLR Artist in Residence 2015/16
Arts Council Ireland Bursary Award for Solo Drums 2014
Fulbright Scholar Award in Performing Arts 2013
Best Young Irish Band - RediviDeR at Cork Jazz Festival 2011
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"A European jazz artist of growing charisma" - John Fordham, the Guardian
"One of Ireland's most exciting new talents" - The Irish Times
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Beginner to advanced
• Member of Faculty on Newpark Music Centre’s BA in Jazz
Performance. Specialities: Drums, Ensembles, Music Business, Free Improv
(September 2010 – present)
• Music Generation Jazz Ensemble Leader (January 2017 – present)
• Various Workshops and Educational Events with the National Concert Hall of Ireland:
Education, Community and Outreach Band (February 2015 – present)
• Drums and Percussion teacher at the International School of Zug and
Lucerne, Switzerland (September 2009 – June 2010)
• Part-time teacher for the Rhythm Studies Module of the Preparatory
Course at Lucerne University, Switzerland (September – December
• Member of Faculty at the Greystones Theatre Summer Music Camp
(2008 and 2009)
• Drum teacher at Castlepark Primary School in Dalkey, Co