Ear Meal

Weekly, live performances by experimental musicians.

Matt Barbier

Matt Barbier (CIM-BM/CalArts- MFA) is an LA based trombonist and composer focused primarily in the field of experimental intonation and noise music. Working collaboratively with composers such as Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ulrich Krieger and Douglas Wadle, he eagerly engages with the emerging field of just intonation for brass instruments. Trio Kobayashi, of which he is a founding member, is dedicated to performing the music of Wolfgang von Schweinitz. This ensemble continues to evolve through relationships with composers including Larry Polansky, Marc Sabat, and Nicholas Deyoe.

Independently, Matt has been privileged to work directly with composers Ben Johnston, David Lang, Jurg Frey, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in performances of their music. He has completed residencies at Dartington International Summer School, Hamburg’s KlangWerkTage, Berlin’s 7Hours and for the Atrux Collective as well presenting master classes at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraiser University. Additionally he was a fellow for the Bang on a Can Summer Festival in 2008 and 2011. With CalArts’ New Century Players Matt participated in the long overdue premiere of James Tenney’s Clang as well as the U.S. premiere of Gerard Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques.
His trombone teachers include Rick Stout, Jim Miller, Alex Iles and Dick Erb. He studied composition with Ulrich Krieger and Wolfgang von Schweinitz.


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