My name is Matt Nolan. I am a drummer, percussionist and gong artist. I have performed on stages from The Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican in London to The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. I have a Degree in Electronic Engineering and had a career for many years designing Silicon Microchips. But the pull of the tangible, of hands-on creativity got the better of me in the end.
Now I am driven by the exploration of new sounds, new shapes and designs of Cymbals and Gongs. I use my hands, my ears, my eyes and simple tools. With an assortment of hammers and anvils, the elemental forces of fire and water and various cutting and grinding tools, I create Artisan Metal Percussion Instruments.
I draw inspiration for my designs from many sources: the organic shapes of the natural world, harder geometric shapes and the interplay of the two. My work ranges from refining the traditional to defining the cutting edge.
My Cymbals, Gongs and Percussion Sculptures are used by people all over the world: America, Australia, England, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain and more. Drummers and Percussionists, members of international touring bands and Solo Performers all find inspiration in the unique sounds and looks of my creations. Recent customers include Björk for her Biophilia project, the band Massive Attack and The Boston Symphony Orchestra.
My instruments are endorsed by William Winant (Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich, Mr Bungle, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sonic Youth, the list goes on...), Lisa Pegher (Solo and with various Symphony Orchestras and the rock band, Mira Mira) and Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Lisa Loeb, Drake Bell, Warren Cuccurullo) uses my cowbells.