Matt Adomeit

Oberlin, OH

Matt Adomeit began picking away at the mandolin at age 10, playing along with the tapes and other music left lying around his house in Hartford, Connecticut. His formal study of music would not begin until years later, when he grew to love the upright bass and the versatility it afforded him. The ability to play both jazz and classical, as well as to reference his folk roots was what really drew him to the instrument and made him stick with it. For Matt, it has always been this eclecticism that has defined his musical personality. Not content to just stick within the boundaries of his Jazz Performance major at Oberlin, he auditioned for and was admitted into the Oberlin Orchestra, which toured Carnegie Hall in New York in the winter of 2013. He has also performed at similarly prestigious venues such as Severence Hall in Cleveland and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In the jazz world Matt has shared the stage with numerous top artists in the field including Jamey Haddad, Dave Liebman, Paul Samuels, and Alon Yavnai, and performed in venues throughout the Midwest including Nighttown (Cleveland), Close Up 2 (Chicago), and the Dirty Dog Café (Detroit). It is however as a composer that Matt sees the greatest chance to meld his disparate interests. He has composed for a wide variety of his own bands including the Hip-Hop/Gospel/Rock band Knomadik and the sextet deturtle, a group combining a jazz trio with a classical string trio which was featured on NPR playing one of his compositions. If he’s not at his bass he can usually be found playing with dogs, eating chocolate, or still strumming away at the mandolin.

  • Work
    • Private Instructor, Freelance Musician
  • Education
    • Oberlin College and Conservatory '13