born 1977, Norwich, UK
Matt Wright works as a composer, improviser and sound artist at the edges of concert and club culture, his output stretching from scores for early music ensembles and contemporary chamber groups to digital improvisation, experimental hip hop and turntablism, surround sound and website installations to large events combining DJs, new music performers and digital media.
He works closely with Evan Parker (including the CD ‘Trance Map’ and performances in New York, London and Paris) with Ensemble Klang in The Hague (including the CD ‘Music at the Edge of Collapse’), with Bl!ndman in Brussels, with Ensemble Offspring in Sydney, and with his own ensemble Splinter Cell, a flexible collective of musicians based in London and Canterbury who work with the connections between notation, technology and improvisation.
His work has been presented at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Le Poisson Rouge (New York), the Muziekcentrum an ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) and Abbey Road Studios, Tate Britain and Tate Modern (London).
Matt is a Reader in Composition and Sonic Art at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he leads the BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology course. He studied Composition with Richard Steinitz and with Christopher Fox at the University of Huddersfield, with Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding and Richard Ayres at The Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, and with Roger Redgate at Goldsmiths College, London. He also had invaluable workshop experience with Steve Reich, Steve Martland, Howard Skempton and Wajahat Kahn.