Born in Johannesburg- South Africa. Jazz pianist Witness Matlou is a composer performer and band leader who’s work is influenced by African traditional, folk music, Jazz, classical and other world music. Witness studied music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015 - Dual majoring in Performance, Jazz compositions and a minor in Philosophy. He also studied in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute during his undergrad. Where he studied with grammy winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Allan Pasqua, Ben Street, to mention a few. Witness earned his Master’s degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute In 2016, and he has recently been accepted for a fellowship at Harvard University starting fall 2018.
Witness has performed throughout the USA. Appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Played at Dizzy’s Jazz Club- Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival, with a grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano. Witness has also played in a trio setting with acclaimed jazz drummer and composer of the percussion score for the movie Bird Man, Antonio Sanchez. He has performed with acclaimed bassist John Patitucci and John Lockwood. Gary Burton at the Kennedy Center in 2016. In 2012 Witness got selected by Berklee College of Music to tour Costa Rica with his trio, the Witness Matlou trio. He has also toured and played professionally in Europe and the North Sea Jazz
Witness is currently based in Boston. Where he remains active in the local Jazz scene and also as a music teacher. He enjoys sharing his musical knowledge with kids at the All Dorchester Sports and Leadership and the Moses Youth Center in Cambridge. Witness believes that music is important for every child’s education, and that it could teach them great values such as listening, teamwork, helps them in creative thinking, decision making and can help develop a kid’s confidence.