Clay Ross

Brazilian slang for "country bumpkin," Matuto plays all original music inspired by Northeastern Brazilian Rhythms and American Folk Music.

For the past 3 years, Ross has submerged himself in Brazilian music as a member of Cyro Baptista's world renowned percussion ensemble "Beat the Donkey." With Matuto, this South Carolina native mixes the best of Bluegrass and Baiao for a sound like a Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains.

With Clay Ross - Guitar and Vocals, Rob Hecht - Fiddle and Vocals, Edward Perez - Bass, Tim Keiper - Drums, and Itai Kriss - Flute.

Plus Special Guests:
Cyro Baptista, Scott Kettner and Maracatu NY, Ze Mauricio, Rob Curto, and Richie Barshay.

Clay Ross was born in the small town of Anderson, S.C. After receiving a BFA in composition from the University of Charleston he became an integral part of the South Carolina jazz scene. In 2006 he was honored as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and has completed three tours for the U.S. State Department. Now based in NYC, Clay Ross is currently performing at concert halls and music festivals around the world, as a solo artist, with his group, and as a member of Cyro Baptista's "Beat the Donkey." Please visit for more information.
World Rhythms
Folk & Traditional

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