Roman Matin was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1981. His father played bass guitar in local rock bands. Roman was interested in music from his early childhood, and to his five he knew almost all European and American musical groups. His first major hobby became art-rock. Later Roman was acquainted to the academic and jazz music. Among the favorite musicians he calls Lester Young, Art Pepper, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Fred Frith; his favorite composers are Bartok, Stravinsky, Satie, Shostakovich.
In music school Matin studied only the first two years and then switched to the private lessons. His first major teacher was his aunt - pianist Elizabeth Alexeyeva, who worked as a teacher at music high school. Later, the Belarusian Symphony Orchestra violinist Mikhail Goldin gave lessons to the young musician. Then Roman was taught to play the guitar by his friend Mitya Rud. In his youth Matin played in several local groups, performing rock, but he said I do not want to follow my fathers’ footsteps, and rock music made me bored very soon....
A wonderful new talent with deep feeling - Sheila Jordan
You sound great - Charlie Haden
Very good music! You have the stuff - Michael Henderson, bass player with Miles Davis, 1970-1975
At last, an original voice! I love this ideas - Ralph Carney, main sax player and arranger with Tom Waits
This guitar work is very original and mysterious. I'm really enjoying it. - Eric Bikales, organ player with Tom Waits
This music is beautiful - Badal Roy
Very nice and peaceful - Airto Moreira
This sound is soulful and haunting - It urges you to hear more - James Spaulding
Awesome! Great work - Alphonse Mouson
Great to hear this guitar work! Enigmatic and searching with a nice balance of clarity and opaqueness - Brucre Eisenbeil