Born on the 11th August 1986 in Ireland, Matthew Jacobson is a drummer, composer, bandleader, educator and producer currently based in Dublin. He completed his BA in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin in 2008 and in 2010 he received a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Lucerne University, Switzerland.
He has represented his country, touring with the European Jazz Orchestra in 2008 and also performs regularly in Ireland and abroad. He is also a co-director of Diatribe Records, Ireland's leading record label for new sounds and the Irish co-producer of European exchange tour network and annual festival Match&Fuse. Since 2010, Matthew has been a member of faculty on Newpark Music Centre’s BA in Jazz Performance program, as both a drum tutor and ensemble leader.
As well as performing, composing for and recording with his own quartet ReDiviDeR, winners of the Cork Jazz Festival 2011 ‘Best Young Artist Award’, and drums and bass saxophone duo Insufficient Funs, he also co-lead Roamer, a quartet of Ireland's most internationally recognised improvisers; Swiss-based guitar trio Blowout Fracture; German-based quintet A E R I E; and New York-based trio FarJam. Matthew has also worked with several leading European and American creative music specialists including: Evan Parker and Kit Downes (UK); Ralph Alessi, Peter Evans and Mark Feldman (US); Niels Klein and Nils Wogram (DE); and Savina Yannatou (GR) and performs regularly at home in Ireland with contemporary traditional Irish Ensemble Ériu; folk songscape quartet Clang Sayne; piano trio F-JoB; and Chris Guilfoyle’s math-jazz quintet Umbra.