Luis Mora Matus

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Luis Mora Matus is a Chilean drummer, composer, and researcher currently living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He started playing drums at the age of 15. When he turned 18, he moved to Sao Paulo, Brasil, to study at the prestigious Souza Lima/Berklee conservatory. In 2009, at the age of 22, he moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands to continue his education at Codarts (Rotterdam Conservatory). Over there he finished his Bachelor and Masters in Jazz Drums. Since the year 2021, Luis is pursuing a PhD at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research project is about expanding the possibilities for contemporary jazz drum improvisation through the adaptation of techniques and concepts from progressive metal.

Luis is a fixed member of at least 10 different bands, in which he showcases one of his most unique attributes: versatility. He plays and composes for bands that range from avant-garde jazz, to South-American folk/jazz, and from latin/funk to Frank Zappa tributes.

Additionally, in his free time, he’s been working on two different ideas, “Luis-Daniel” and “Classical Jazz Drumming.” In CLJ he takes the freedom to do re-interpretations of a select number of classical pieces, in which he composes a drum part in a contemporary jazz style. Luis-Daniel is about learning all the jazz pieces that he has transcribed and learning them as if he was a left handed and footed drummer.