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Matt Barbier

Culver City, CA   

Matt Barbier is an LA based trombonist and composer focused on experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of his instrument. His playing has been described by the LA Times as being “of intense, brilliant, virtuosic growling that gave the striking impression that Barbier was dismantling the instrument while playing it,” by the Wire as “exploring the nooks of instrumental tone far beyond the reach of most mortals,” and by the New Yorker as being a “diabolically inventive trombonist-composer.”

Matt engages in collaborative relationships with a range of musicians including Michelle Lou, David Brynjar Franzson, Catherine Lamb, Kevin Drumm, and Katherine Young. As an interpreter he has also given world premieres by a broad spectrum of composers including Liza Lim, Richard Barrett, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jessie Marino, Scott Walker, and Sarah Davachi.

Matt is a member of RAGE Thormbones, gnarwhallaby, wasteLAnd music, wildUp, and is an active soloist on low brass instruments. He teaches at CalArts and Los Angeles City College (LACC).

Matt has performed for the Monday Evening Concerts, LA Phil’s Green Umbrella, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Spor, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Bludenz Tage zeitgemäßer , Chicago’s Frequency Festival, InAuthentica, RedCat, and Issue Project Room, as well as presenting at CalArts, UCSD, UCSB, University of British Columbia, and DePaul. He has also been in residence at Harvard (HGNM), UCSD, Stanford, Princeton, UCSC, Columbia, NYU, and UCLA. Matt has released work on Carrier, Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, Innova, Faux Amis, and Kairos Records. Additionally, he has released a technical manual for trombonists on the production and integration of lip multiphonics and split tones.

As a composer he has written music and created sound installations for the Factory Seconds Brass Trio, WasteLAnd, gnarwhallaby, RAGE Thormbones, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, SASSAS, Machine Project, LACMA, and the Getty Villa, as well as with digital media artist Tom Leeser.

George Lewis- Oraculum

US premiere of George Lewis’s Oraculum for solo trombone. Part of Wild Up’s show: “of Ascension” November 8, 2018 at the Soraya in Northridge, CA.

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Michelle Lou- HoneyDripper

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some birds make paper ladders

premiere of matt barbier’s “some birds make paper ladders” for trombones and fixed media. performed by RAGE Thormbones

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