Matan Assayag (* 1987 in Jerusalem) began to play drums at the age of seven. Playing and recording with established Israeli artist he started his career as a professional musician at the age of eleven.
Following his graduation at the Jerusalem Art School in 2005, he continued his studies with some of Israel’s most accomplished private teachers. At the age of 23 after finishing his military service he joined an honors jazz program of the Stricker Conservatory Tel Aviv, in collaboration with the New School in New York.
Continuously working as an accompanying musician and member of a variety of musical groups and projects he has mastered many genres, including jazz, rock, classical Indian music, and both modern as well as classical African music. As a private teacher Matan has over 25 students at different ages and levels.
In the last years he founded the two musical groups: Shalosh and Hoodna Orchestra as well as his own recording studio Hoodna Studio.
Concentrating on the Israeli market, the Hoodna Orchestra has released 2 LP albums and performed in some of the biggest clubs and festivals across Israel (The Red Sea Jazz Festival, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Zorba, the Sderot Film Festival…).
In only two years focusing on the international music market, Matan’s primary band Shalosh has also released two albums and performed over 250 international shows and master classes on important stages all over the world (Purgy & Bess in Vienna, Ronny Scotts in London, Jazz and Klezmer Festival in Paris, Jarasum Jazz Festival in South Korea, Yokahama Jazz Festival in Japan…).