Matt is the founder and owner of Blue Deer Drums. He has been a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino since 2008. Maestro Manuel is a recognized Taino Elder, gifted ceremonial leader and teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world. It is with the blessing of Maestro Manuel that he created Blue Deer Drums. Matt is a founding member of Golden Drum, a cultural community center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is also a founding member of Dream Seed, a sound healing ensemble that uses instruments and music from sacred traditions to create a space for deep meditation, relaxation, and self reflection. He is also a carrier of the water drum, a sacred ceremonial instrument, which was passed to him by Maestro Manuel.
Matt has been an artist all his life and received his formal training at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. He has been a freelance designer, animator and illustrator in NYC since 2008 and specializes in helping conscious companies that are dedicated to helping create a better world for future generations. You can view his work at http://mattcanale.com.