Ben Matus has always had a penchant for beautiful and odd sounds. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ben frequently sang in choirs dedicated to Renaissance Polyphony and practiced his overtone singing on the side. His parents were in no way surprised that he wanted to learn the bassoon. Upon completing his BM in modern bassoon at the Eastman School of Music, he found the modern bassoon lacking in both beauty and weirdness. Studying historical bassoons at the Juilliard School, Ben's appetite for the full range of sonic strangeness and perceptible pulchritude was finally satiated. Ben performs regularly on replicas of instruments ranging from years 1400-1800 but greatly enjoys playing and listening to music of all generations.