“My name is Matthew Kiser. I am from Baltimore, Maryland (USA) and am currently enrolled in my last semester of my undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU), studying under Professor Liam Teague. I have been playing Steelpan since my freshman year of high school, which comes out to about 7 years. Over the past 4 years, I have been working tirelessly on my craft and have learned so much about my instrument and music as a whole.
“When I began my studies at NIU, I barely considered myself a musician. My technical skills were low, my ability to read and hear music were low and my understanding of music was very trivial. However, what I did have was passion, determination and a hunger for knowledge. After 4 years of hard work, I am proud to say that I have developed these skills and now have my own voice in playing and creating music. One of my main focuses at NIU was to develop my improvisation. Next year, I will be starting my graduate studies at NIU as a Jazz Studies major, with Pan as my primary instrument. In an effort to continue to learn more about improvisation and arranging, I decided to enter this competition. I look forward to working with and hearing all of the other talented musicians.”
Bio provided to When Steel Talks by: M. KISER