Matthew Daher is a Detroit-based Drummer, Composer, Producer, and Improviser. His creative work explores mental health, spirituality, empathy, masculinity, and healing. His creative practices are informed by over 15 years of experimentation in ambient, electroacoustic, jazz, hip-hop, and folk musics, meditation practices, and movement practices. He also has over a decade of experience creating improvised and composed music for modern dance in collaborations with artists such as Biba Bell, Leila Awadallah, Sarah Konner & Austin Selden, Adesola Ayinke, Hannah Andersen, Lisa LaMarre, and Bryan and Shaina BAIRA. He has performed or had his original work performed at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts (Detroit), Dlectricity (Detroit), Montréal International Jazz Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Roulette Intermedium (NY), and Image Forum (Tokyo), and has toured over 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada. His work has been featured by I Care If You Listen and by podcasts “Life Of The Law” and “The Heart.”
Matthew Daher is also a music and arts educator with over 10 years of experience through organizations such as Youth Fusion (Montréal), Living Arts (Detroit), and People in Education (Detroit) in K-12 in-school and after school programs, at the Michigan State Community Music School Detroit, and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University's Maggie Allesee School of Theater and Dance. Daher's work as an educator has included teaching instrumental music, songwriting, and music production, facilitating arts-infused education activities integrating music with academics, co-creating media projects with youth exploring social justice issues, and teaching and developing curriculum for a Music Dance Relationships course at the university level.
Matthew Daher is also a Limited License Professional Counselor and community organizer. Daher has over 5 years of experience creating and facilitating spaces for developing healthier masculinities and addressing the impacts of patriarchal masculinity on people of all genders. These have included men's group and individual therapy, as well as non-clinical community support groups, workshops, and fishbowl dialogues on sexual assault, consent, empathy, masculine socialization, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), boundaries, accountability, and bystander intervention.