Born in Yokohama, Japan, Matama started playing Shakuhachi at the age 17. After graduating from Hosei University with a degree in History, he began studying shakuhachi seriously with Yokoyama Katsuya for over the last 30 years. In 1972-73 he successfully passed the NHK audition and graduated from the NHK Special School of Traditional Japanese Music. |
Since then Matama has participated in several international tours to Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. with Yokoyama and other top Japanese musical groups. He served as one of executive members of the ground-breaking "International Shakuhachi Music Festival in Bisei" in 1994 both as a planner, manager, as well as a player. In 1999 and 2000 he also helped establish the "Australian Shakuhachi Music Festival in Sydney and Brisbane". Matama is currently director of "Ramposha-Chikushin Kai" under the direction of Katsuya Yokoyama. In addition, he is a lecturer for the International Shakuhachi Research Centre and exectutive director of the Yokohama Chikushin Kai.