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The Karl Walters Jr Trio

Matthew Ferry is a percussionist, composer and vocalist in Brooklyn, NY. Matthew graduated from Hofstra University in 2007, studying composition with Herbert Deutsch and music for dance with Arthur Solari. An active composer and accompanist for dance, he has performed with many choreographers including Charles O Anderson, Paul Matteson, Martha Clarke, Stormy Brandenberger, Maxine Steinman, Robin Becker, Dyane Harvey-Salaam and Errol Grimes. As a vocalist, he has sung with the National Men and Boys Choir, The Milleridge Singers, Harrisburg Opera Theater. While in college, Matthew co-founded the GWM Singers in Roslyn, NY. Since moving to NYC in 2007, Matthew has been a sideman and studio drummer for jazz, rock, and folk bands.

Matthew is also a dance accompanist for Princeton University, Complexions Ballet, Hofstra University, Limon Dance, Peridance, and ACDFA. Matthew currently serves on the board of directors of The Guernica Project, is co-founder of the acoustics innovations company MagMa Technologies, and is Administrative Director for the collaborative-arts group VisionIntoArt.

Trombonist and composer Westbrook Johnson made his way to Brooklyn, NY from San Antonio, TX via Vermont where we graduated from Bennington College in 2006. He's studied trombone with Brian Drye and Josh Roseman, composition with Kitty Brazelton and Allen Shawn and performance theory with Milford Graves and Bruce Williamson. In 2004 Westbrook began co-leading ensembles presenting origional music and in the winter of 2007 he formed The Karl Walters Jr Trio as the main outlet for his copositional work. Recently Westbrook has worked with the Creative Music Workshop of NYC as well as the School for Imporovised Music, as well as Jesse Alejandro and the Big Fatt. He is also active as a web designer/programmer with his company Designs by WJ.

Growing up in beautiful Western Massachusetts, bassist Keegan Schelling first picked up a bass guitar when looking for something to fill the void that was previously occupied by a full time hockey habit, thus beginning down the slope into musicianship. What a slippery slope it was. Before long, he was a member of the group "subject to change". After high school, Keegan was ready to join the group that would become The Karl Walters Jr. Trio and the rest is history. In between gigs, Keegan is a professional bike mechanic, and is a freelance sound engineer.

Plus, he's a rapper.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Eternal Wait For What's Next

From: Can We Go Back Where We Began?
By The Karl Walters Jr Trio



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