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Matthew Gember

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Composer/Musician, Writer, Nomad, an...
  • Bachelor's in Music Composition
  • From Chicago
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Explore, Learn, Teach, Experience, Share.


Right now I am living a life that is not so deeply rooted anywhere, still moving about from place to place spontaneously and intuitively. The only constant element is the music project I carry with me. Such a lifestyle has both incredible benefits and sacrifices. Soon enough, however, I will take root somewhere more deeply. Build a home, and even a community, embedded in nature, most likely in Northwestern America. It will serve as a headquarters, and from there I still plan on extending to other parts of the world (yes, age 27 and still an idealist).

One could say that I am currently preparing for, and working towards that goal. It has now been one and a half years since I came to Europe from the U.S. and it will be 2 years by the time I return in December 2013. Until then I will continue to move about, engaging with people and places, building relationships and ideas with which to build on in the future.

There are a number of projects/ideas I am currently developing and nurturing, concerning music, mind, body, performance, and pedagogy. But really, this entire concept and process in which I am living is essentially the project itself. It's called "The Oakfoot Running" and it can be heard here: http://theoakfootrunning.bandcamp.com/


Always changing and developing. Especially on the road... I don't think I could to update this frequently enough.. Probably best to discuss in person.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Currently I am only surfing and meeting in groups, but I look forward to the day I can graciously host as many as possible for as long as necessary. In fact, I will design a home and guest home with surfers in mind. :)


Infinite. Gratitude Gratitude Gratitude. And heartfelt memories.


People. Nature. Sound. Music. Open Tunings. Maps. Research. Learning. Teaching. Yoga. Meditation. Dance. Reading. Writing. Dreaming. Surfing. Snowboarding. Hiking. Mysticism. New Science. Permaculture. Self-Providing Communities. Eco-Homes. Healthy Foods. Cooking. Smoothies. Nomadicism. Manifestation. Intuition.

I don't like to think that I fit any stereotypes, but I guess none of us do..

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Mid-late November. 20 miles deep and 4500 ft up in the rainforests of Northwestern Washington, US. Nobody is out there but me. Snow up to my thighs, I'm at the foot of an immaculate glacier I can barely even see because of the incredible snowstorm. But I can feel it. And somehow, I feel at peace. Completely at ease. Awe.

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