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Fri, Feb 10


Merrimans' Playhouse

Within Stones - CANCELLED

This CONCERT is CANCELLED, as one of the musicians fell ill, and unable to tour at this time. We will let you know when we are able to reschedule.

Registration is Closed due to illness. Cancelled concerts will be rescheduled when touring allows.
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Within Stones - CANCELLED
Within Stones - CANCELLED

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation, Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation, and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission. Concert support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season).

Our Chamber Arts Series presents "Within Stones",  an improvising jazz drum and piano duo that performs original compositions, visual scores, spoken word, and movement. This multi-media touring duo features Matei Predescu on piano and Rocky Martin on drums. They will perform original compositions by Matei, and music and visual works by Rocky.

Matei Predescu - piano

Rocky Martin - drums

A Chicago native, Rocky Martin, currently resides in Seattle, WA, performing, teaching, and recording. An alumnus of Indiana University's prestigious Jazz Studies program in Bloomington, Rocky is also a Vic-Firth educational contributing artist, NAFME collegiate author, and online educator. In addition to solo and group projects blending martial arts, visual art, film, mixed media, and plant life with music, Rocky is preparing to record and release his debut album with 'Within Stones', his Seattle Quartet, and complete a national tour in 2023.

Rocky is grateful and passionate to educate and mentor students of any age, as a mutual system of joyful learning and reciprocity. He is a private drum set, piano, composition and improvisation lesson teacher, online drum instructor, music clinician, and mentor to students in Seattle, Chicago, New York City, and Indiana.

Matei Predescu is a Brooklyn-based pianist, composer, and writer originally from the Bay Area, CA . Matei's work engages interdisciplinary performance and storytelling with a focus on the immigrant experience, privilege, and the loss and preservation of Romanian American cultural identity. Rooted in idioms of improvised music within the traditions of Black American music and contemporary creative music, Matei regularly performs, composes, and teaches in New York City and in the Bay Area.

Matei received a BM in Jazz Piano and Interdisciplinary Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where they studied with Dan Wall, Dana Jessen, and Billy Hart. Matei has performed at venues and festivals across the Bay Area including the San Jose Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Festival, and the Stanford Jazz Festival.

As an educator, Matei has experience teaching in private and group settings with children as young as 6 and adults as old as 25. Matei has been affiliated with the Stanford Jazz Workshop as an educator and administrator since 2017, and has taught internationally in Amman, Jordan and its surrounding communities. Additionally, Matei has worked with a private studio as a jazz piano instructor of secondary lessons through Oberlin Conservatory. As a private piano teacher, Matei focuses on cultivating students’ lifelong passion and curiosity for music, while establishing strong fundamentals in piano technique, ear training, sight reading. Matei teaches students a combination of classical repertoire, foundational improvisation, jazz, and pop. Matei helps his students develop as performers as well, and encourages them to find joy and fulfillment in performing for friends, family, and larger audiences alike


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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