Matthew Smith is an instrument maker and percussionist living just outside Philadelphia. For over twenty years, he has been making high quality percussion instruments out of his own shop, Ritmo Studios. His instruments have traveled the world, used by some of the finest Latin music groups and orchestras. He makes congas, bongos, timbales, cowbells and other percussion instruments, and is admired by many of Philadelphia's great percussionists for his exceptional work. For the CSA, Mr. Smith will be making limited edition, handmade cowbells. He says,"They are of steel and are not bent by machine. They are hand hammered and each one is tuned to be a beautiful-sounding instrument. It's the instrument that elevates the music and gets people up and dancing!" Mr. Smith was a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for traditional and folk arts.
He participated in PFP's 2012 Community Supported Arts (CSA program), making 50 hand-hammered cowbells. See Matthew Smith making instruments (cowbells about 7 minutes in) at
Also see http://www.ritmostudios.com/
[Nine artists participated in the CSA program. Shareholders buying into the program received one work from each artist. Works are still available in PFP's pop-up shop (fall 2013). Go to next CSA artist here.]