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.