Kazuya Matsumoto


Kazuya Matsumoto is a drummer / percussionist from Tokyo (Japan), born and grew up in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture where famous for it's traditional arts and beautiful crafts. He is inspired by the great scale of nature, and the daily traditions there, which he filters through himself to create original sounds with an awareness of tradition and progression. His focus is more into the sound and the resonance itself rather than the musical scales and melodies, mainly using harmonic percussions such as hamon, gong and singing bowl, and other non-instrument objects which makes sounds. His creation starts by performing and recording in the nature which he sees as his life work.

In 2013, he received the grad prix award in the Otokuchi project which was held as the related project of Setouchi International Art Festival. He is also active in the non-music industry field such as being in charge of producing music for Primitive Sense Art Festival (2014), and taking part in the Busstrioes play "ALice, where are you going?"as the drummer and percussionist. In 2015, he releases his 1st solo album "Mizu no katachi" from SPEKK label. He has also previously shared stages with musicians such as Ametsub, kyoka, sawako, Chihei Hatakeyama, Takashi Tsuda, Keiji Haino, Haruka Nakamura, FourColor, Minamo, 34423, Mergrim and Yui Onodera.

As a drummer, he plays in bands like FilFla (with Keiichi Sugimoto), Mergrim x Kazuya Matsumoto and Itoken with Speakers.

selected discography

  1. Mizu No Katachi | SPEKK | CD | 2015