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Herb Alpert Music Center

Adjunct Faculty

Matt Barbier

Matt Barbier

Applied Faculty, Trombone

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Biographical Statement:

Professor Matt Barbier is an LA based trombonist and composer focused on experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of their instrument. Their 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 their instrument, Professor Barbier engages in long term collaborative relationships with a range of composers including Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michelle Lou, David Brynjar Franzson, and Katherine Young. They have also given world premieres of works by a wide spectrum of composers including Liza Lim, Richard Barrett, Catherine Lamb, James Tenney, Jessie Marino, Scott Walker, and Sarah Davachi.

Professor Barbier is a founding member of gnarwhallaby, the low brass duo, RAGE Thormbones, Trio Kobayashi, wildUp, and is an assistant director of wasteLAnd music. They are a member of the instrumental arts faculty at CalArts and is an adjunct faculty at Los Angeles City College (LACC) where they teach trombone and euphonium .

Professor Barbier has performed for the Monday Evening Concerts, LA Phil's Green Umbrella, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Dartington International Summer School, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Bludenz Tage zeitgemäßer , Palimpsest Ensemble, InAuthentica, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, and Issue Project Room, as well as presenting guest lectures at CalArts, UCSD, UCSB, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. They have also been in residence at Harvard (HGNM), UCSD, Stanford, Princeton, UCSC, Columbia, NYU, and UCLA. Professor Barbier has recorded works for release of Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, Innova, Faux Amis, and Kairos Records. Additionally, they have released a technical manual for composers and trombonists on the production and compositional integration of lip multiphonics and split tones.

As a composer, Professor Barbier 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.

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