Matra is a world/jazz fusion percussion ensemble made up of vibraphone, marimba, tabla drums from India, and western drum set. They perform original compositions and arrangements as well as percussion ensemble rep. Their influences range from jazz structure and improvisation to the rhythms of Northern India to progressive rock. They will be at schools in Litchfield, Willmar, Saint Paul, Columbia Heights and Lakeville.
Matra is marimba, vibraphone, drum set, and tabla and we're just really excited to show our instruments to these kids. I think these are pretty unfamiliar to the average elementary schooler. We're all classically trained percussionists with all these different backgrounds and interests within percussion. So I think that we have a lot of show, a lot of different genres to present and with that we really wanna encourage and inspire young people to be really creative, find their thing that they're really passionate about, and just pour themselves into whatever it might be.— Jenny Klukken, marimba