Matt Teitelman is an international drummer and percussionist based in Jerusalem & NYC. Having recorded percussion for the platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated album Yeezus, he continues to strive for excellence both in the studio and on stage. A magna cum laude graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Matt has performed all over the world, from the far reaches of Paris, France; Morelia, Mexico; and Jerusalem, Israel to Maxwell’s in Hoboken, Manhattan’s Sullivan Hall and The Bitter End, the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, Boston’s Lizard Lounge, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, and Chicago’s Elbo Room. He collaborates with bands of many styles, and is currently a member of the children’s music rock band The Fuzzy Lemons, the world music group The Herreras, the country band The Wailing Denims, and most recently the Americana group Kaylor and the Tin Cans. When he isn’t out gigging, Matt can be found at Triple Colossal Studios working as a producer, engineer, and session drummer alongside music producers such as Dave Tozer (John Legend), Ann Mincieli (Alicia Keys), and Ken Lewis (Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Drake).
Matt began playing the drums at age nine after begging his parents for a drum set. With a singer sister and a guitarist father, music was always an essential part of his childhood. In high school he began studying drums with renowned percussion educator Don Skoog. During college and after, Matt has had the opportunity to study with jazz greats Victor Lewis, Bill Goodwin, and Michael Carvin. Matt is a student of Afro-Cuban percussion, for which he traveled to Havana, Cuba in 2005 and 2016, and which he went on to study under Roberto Vizcaino and Michael Spiro among many other greats. He is a published contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine and has recorded four full-length albums as well as many singles, including the track “On Sight” for Kanye West, produced by Daft Punk.