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, website installations, and large events combining DJs, new music performers and digital media. As a performer and researcher he works with turntables, laptops and surround sound installations to create post-DJ, multichannel music that embraces hip hop, avant garde and 'free' traditions.
He works closely with Evan Parker (including the CD ‘Trance Map’ and duo, trio and ensemble 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 and Champ D'Action in Brussels and Antwerp; with The Six Tones in Malmo, Sweden and Hanoi, Vietnam; with Ensemble Offspring in Sydney, with CEPROMusic in Mexico City and with 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 the Sydney Opera House, Le Poisson Rouge (New York), the Muziekcentrum an ‘t IJ (Amsterdam), The Kim Ma Theatre (Vietnam) and Abbey Road Studios, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He has been commissioned by organisations such as The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the MATA Festival (New York) and his work has been broadcast on TV across Europe, and on radio globally, including a two-hour focus on his work on the ABC Network in Australia. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, Vietnam Today and the Financial Times. In 2014, he remixed Robert Wyatt's 'Cuckooland' album into a concert-length collaboration with Elaine Mitchener, Tony Hymas and the Brodsky Quartet and in 2015 'Totem for Den Haag' was selected to represent UK new music in the UK/Mexico dual year.
Matt is a Professor of Composition and Sonic Art at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he is also the Director of Research for the School of Music and Performing Arts. In 2014 he became an Output Assessor for the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and was Guest Artistic Director for the Sounds New Festival. 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.