Matthew Slayton’s (b. 1988) compositions reflect his fascination with biological and linguistic systems, where multiple lines and levels operate simultaneously. He conducts research on the evolution of musical meaning and the neuroscience of creativity and rhythm, and his music reflects these investigations of fundamental questions about music. His work has been performed around the country, has been used in documentary films, and was featured at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute in 2017. He recently graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Elinor Armer, and has neurolinguistics and philosophy degrees from Duke University and the University of Chicago where he studied composition with Marta Ptaszynska.