photo by Lawrence K. Ho, LA TImes.
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."
To encourage new repertoire and the expansion of his instrument, Matt engages in collaborative relationships with a range of composers including Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michelle Lou, Nicholas Deyoe, Clint McCallum, Katharina Rosenberger, Andrew Greenwald, Kurt Isaacson, Tina Tallon, Timothy McCormack, Elise Roy, and Ulrich Krieger. He has also given world premieres of works by Marc Sabat, Richard Barrett, James Tenney, Jürg Frey, and David Rosenboom.
Matt is a founding member of gnarwhallaby, a Los Angeles based mixed quartet formed to revive the repertoire of Poland's Warsztat Muzyczny and Germany's Quartet Avance. In a desire to continue the mission of those ensembles, gnarwhallaby works to actively expand the repertoire. They have premiered works by Nicholas Deyoe, Andrew McIntosh, Clint McCallum, David Franzson, and Michelle Lou, to name a few. gnarwhallaby recently made their Carnegie Hall debut, premiering Nicholas Deyoe's Lullaby 4. The quartet has also been an ensemble in residence for UC Santa Cruz's April in Santa Cruz New Music Festival in addition to performing at the wulf., UCSD, Velaslavasay Panorama, and for L.A.'s MicroFest. gnarwhallaby's debut album was released on Populist records.
He is also a member of the low brass duo, RAGE THORMBONES, with Weston Olencki, Trio Kobayashi, wildUp, and is an assistant director of wasteLAnd music. Matt teaches trombone and euphonium at the Herb Alpert Music Center at Los Angeles City College (LACC).
Matt has performed for the Monday Evening Concerts, LA Phil's Green Umbrella, Darmstadt Music Course, Dartington International Summer School, Hamburg's KlangWerkTage and Kampnagel, Berlin's 7Hours, Palimpsest Ensemble, InAuthentica, the New Century Players, ICE, The Ensemble at CalArts, and for the Atrux Collective, as well as presenting guest lectures at CalArts, UCSD, UCSB, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. In addition to completing residencies at Harvard, Stanford, UCSD, UCSC, and UCLA, Matt has upcoming residencies at NYU, CalArts, and National Sawdust. He has recorded works for release of Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, and Innova Records.
His primary trombone teachers are Rick Stout and Jim Miller. Matt also studied with Steve Witser, Michael Svoboda, Alex Iles and Dick Erb. He studied composition with Ulrich Krieger and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. Matt has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, NOCCA, and CalArts, with additional studies at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD).