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First glimpse of new musical "Mary" at New Dramatists

Based on the illicit 1990s affair of schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau with her 6th grade student Vili Fualaau, Shanna Lesniak and Austin Ku starred in the workshop reading of the musical "Mary" on November 16. Written with playwright Melisa Tien, "Mary" examines and reconsiders what society condemns as taboo.  This reading was the culmination of a 2-week development program, PlayTime, at New Dramatists.


Coming Soon: recording of "Torque," premiered by Cadillac Moon Ensemble

The “commission-crazed” (Time Out NY) new music quartet Cadillac Moon Ensemble premiered my newest commission, "Torque," at a concert on November 16 celebrating the album release of fellow New York composer Conrad Winslow. "Torque" is a series of four sonic tableaux played continuously and linked by meshing the sounds of one with the next - a Renaissance dance-inspired "DJ set" for chamber ensemble.  



Coming Soon: videos from "Inside the Underground," an evening of song at the Cornelia Street Cafe


I was incredibly excited to return to my theatrical roots this August presenting a sold-out (!!) evening of new songs with performers and writers I met at last year's New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio. Performances included a new song for Jen Anaya and selections from my musical-in-progress with librettist Melisa Tien sung by Abby Mosconi. 

Movement III from Wilde Songs.  See the other videos from the song cycle here.

Mezzo-soprano Kathie Kane premieres song cycle "Wilde Songs"

I met Kathie Kane in 2014 when she performed the role of “Nate” in my opera The Fox and the Pomegranate at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY.  The concept for Wilde Songs was a collaboration between us, fusing our joint interests in both British comedy and music.

Wilde Songs deconstructs three sections of text from the dry humor of Oscar Wilde’s legendary comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” and sets them against the sonic palates of three classic British musicians/groups of great influence to Kathie and I: Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, and the Beatles.  The result is a humorous and melodramatic romp through the exquisitely-crafted nineteenth-century jokes of Oscar Wilde through the harmonic lens of late twentieth-century British popular music.

  Cantando  string quartet

Cantando string quartet

#PUSH!!! receives Russian premiere on July 4th

The string trio #PUSH!!! (2013) was named a winner in a recent call for scores put forth by Russian string quartet Cantando. It will be performed on a program with the other winning works on July 4th, 2017 in Nizhny Novgorod.

Echo Chamber's recording of "lean"

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. 


More about Echo Chamber here.

Coming Soon: Concert video from the premiere of SOLO with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn

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The composers of West 4th New Music Collective (W4) presented SOLO, an evening-length instrumental work commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn at Roulette in Brooklyn, March 30th 2017.  Select movements from SOLO will soon be available online; stayed tuned!


About SOLO:

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.

 Matt Frey with ensemble Hotel Elefant Executive Director Mary Kouyoumdjian at The Bunker Studio - Williamsburg, Brooklyn - January 2016   -Photo: Halleloo Productions

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.  More about this project here.

Crane School's Pellicciotti Prize production wins 1st place award from the National Opera Association

Featuring the first act of The Fox and the Pomegranate, the Crane School of Music's triple bill production of the winners of the 2014 Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize was recently awarded 1st place in the 2014-15 National Opera Association's Collegiate Production Competition.

Recording of 'Sums of Parts' available online



Featured on the Spring 2015 I Care If You Listen Mixtape, 'Sums of Parts' is now available for purchase and download at CD Baby or on iTunes.


String quartet composition with the JACK


Composers Matt Frey, Ruben Naeff, and Julia Wolfe discuss collaborating with the JACK Quartet in NYU's Masters in Music Composition program.