photo by Andrew Watts.

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," by the Wire as “exploring the nooks of instrumental tone far beyond the reach of most mortals,” and by the New Yorker as being a "diabolically inventive trombonist-composer."

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, David Brynjar Franzson, Timothy McCormack, and Katherine Young. He has also given world premieres of works by a wide spectrum of composers including Katharina Rosenberger, Richard Barrett, Catherine Lamb, James Tenney, Jessie Marino, Scott Walker, and Sarah Davachi.

Matt is a founding member of gnarwhallaby, the low brass duo, RAGE Thormbones, Trio Kobayashi, wildUp, and is an assistant director of wasteLAnd music. Matt is a member of the performing arts faculty at CalArts and teaches trombone and euphonium at Los Angeles City College (LACC).

Matt has performed for the Monday Evening Concerts, LA Phil's Green Umbrella, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Dartington International Summer School, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Hamburg's KlangWerkTage and Kampnagel, Berlin's 7Hours, Palimpsest Ensemble, InAuthentica, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the New Century Players, and The Ensemble at CalArts, as well as presenting guest lectures at CalArts, UCSD, UCSB, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. He has also been in residence at Harvard (HGNM), UCSD, Stanford, CalArts, UCSC, Columbia, NYU, and UCLA. Matt has recorded works for release of Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, Innova, and Kairos Records. Additionally, he has released a technical manual for composers and trombonists on the production and compositional integration of lip multiphonics and split tones.

As a composer he has written music and created sound installations for the Factory Seconds Brass Trio, WasteLAnd, gnarwhallaby, RAGE Thormbones, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, SASSAS, Machine Project, LACMA, and the Getty Villa, as well as engaging in a long term collaborative relationship with digital media artist Tom Leeser.

His trombone teachers include Richard Stout, James Miller, Michael Svoboda, Alex Iles and Dick Erb. He studied composition with Ulrich Krieger and Wolfgang von Schweinitz and received a MFA from CalArts.