MATT NAKOA Matt grew up on a small goat farm in Upstate NY, and began composing music as a teenager. Throughout high school, he studied classical piano and toured the region giving recitals of the Masters, as well as his own compositions. In 2002, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he received top honors in both songwriting and vocal performance. At Berklee, Matt collaborated with the likes of grammy-winners Kathy Mattea and Esperanza Spaulding, and studied closely with song-greats Pat Pattison and Livingston Taylor. An exciting performer, Matt has appeared at major universities, sporting events, and festivals throughout the United States. His first solo album, 2012's "Light in the Dark", has received high praise as an eclectic pop/rock masterpiece. 2014's "A Dozen Other Loves" dons a mainly acoustic palette which has led to performances with Patty Larkin, Ellis Paul, and other folk greats. Matt's concert music has been recorded for LP Classics, a Brooklyn-based classical label, and has received favorable reviews in publications such as The New York Times. His film scoring has been featured at BAM, the NY International Short Film Festival, and on Disney.com. Matt currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.