W4 premieres SOLO with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn // March 30 2016
The composers of West 4th New Music Collective (W4) present SOLO, an evening-legnth instrumental work commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale now for one performance only at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn, March 30th 2016.
Whether by choice or circumstance, there are times that we walk the road alone. Acknowledging these moments in their own lives, composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, and Molly Herron have collaboratively created SOLO, a multi-movement instrumental work for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. A rotating cast of soloists from every section of the orchestra highlight movements expressing different aspects of solitude. Each composer makes a personal connection with a poet from the past to inspire their work: Sara Teasdale, Hafez, and Rainer Maria Rilke, poets who have written extensively on self-truth and individuality.
Synergy Percussion debuts video for ". . . grows cold."
Australian percussion ensemble Synergy just released the video for my mini-percussion-quartet ". . . grows cold," part of their ambitious 40under40 commissioning initiative.Co-commissioned by Beth Dawson, and scored for vibraphones, marimba, and glockenspiel, the music gives a nod to one of Beth's favorite 80s bands, using a well-known riff from Blue Monday while simultaneously exploring the concept of memory in its exploration of focused harmonic moments versus hazy recollections.
Ensemble Echo Chamber
-Photo: Julia Sutton
Echo Chamber records "lean" for their debut album
Ensemble Echo Chamber recently recorded my instrumental work, "lean," originally commissioned for their inaugural 2015-16 season. Written for Echo Chamber's unique instrumentation - clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, and bass - lean is the latest in a series of aggressively rhythmic pieces for chamber ensemble created to capture the essence of various psychological states.
Matt Frey with ensemble Hotel Elefant Executive Director Mary Kouyoumdjian at The Bunker Studio - Williamsburg, Brooklyn - January 2016
-Photo: Halleloo Productions
'One-Eleven Heavy' - a chamber opera EP - in the studio
My chamber opera 'One-Eleven Heavy,' originally written for Canada's Opera From Scratch program, will soon be released as an EP album featuring soprano Jenny Ribeiro, tenor Karim Sulayman, and ensemble Hotel Elefant. The instrumental tracks were just recorded in January at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. This hybrid song cycle/theatrical drama explores our ability to cope with a loss of control set against the backdrop of the 1998 Swissair Flight 111 disaster in Nova Scotia.
The winter of 2016-17 will find us back at Bunker Studios for mixing and editing. Learn more about this project here.
Crane School's Pellicciotti Prize production wins 1st place award from the National Opera Association