Houston born performer, An Di Matteo credits community, independent study, and persistent practice as instrumental factors that helped cultivate their understanding of and passion for musical composition and performance. Studying under artists; Aki Onda, Akio Suzuki, Julia Wallace, Okwui Okpokwasili their practice has evolved trans-disciplinary , blending traditional music with conceptual/experimental art. Passionately innovative, they’ve developed practical techniques/methodologies with educational applications (ex. “com-positional listening”). Currently they are writing and recording for their band “Flender” and for solo projects, and teaching guitar, bass, voice, and piano to students of all ages. Their primary instrument is guitar, but considers imagination their most valuable instrument.