Rodrigo Matta

Rodrigo Alberto Matta Díaz was born in Cali – Colombia in 1975. He is a musician, percussionist, drummer, and holds degrees in business administration and cultural management.

With 20 years of experience in music, Rodrigo has been part of different musical projects including sound creation for performance and visual arts. Additionally, he has vast experience as a teacher for universities and music institutes in Colombia.

In 2007, he won the Carolina Oramas, a scholarship for artists granted by Instituto Colombiano de Crédito Educativo y Estudios Técnicos en el Exterior (ICETEX). With this prize, he studied Jazz Drumming in the School of Contemporary Music of Buenos Aires (EMC) and Improvisation with Signs at the Centro de Studies of Rhythm and Percussion with Signs of Buenos Aires (CERPS.)  Additionally he specialized in Cultural Policies and Management at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES) of the Universidad de San Martin in Argentina in 2011.

Rodrigo is a pioneer in the national music scene, bringing the Rhythm and Percussion with Signs technique to Colombia through the foundation of La Percumotora. He also gives workshops and has brought Santiago Vázquez, the creator of this technique, to Cali to receive training for him and his group.

His work is strongly motivated by the impulse to spread the unique experience that is involved in this kind of collective creation. He agrees when Santiago Vázquez states: “the rhythm is perceived as a study of what is cyclic, as an existence’s constructive force in all life levels: Personal, social and spiritual”.