aspirations & inspirations
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finishing his doctorate in composition and electronic music at Columbia
University in New York, French-born American improviser, composer and
author Wade Matthews moved to Madrid, where he helped to found, and co-directs,
Musicalibre, the Spanish collective of improvised music responsible for
the Hurta Cordel Festival and the bi-weekly concerts at "El Juglar".
He is currently president and musical programmer of the Madrid Artists'
Collective Cruce:arte y pensamiento.
Besides solo concerts in London, Madrid, Barcelona, New York, Berlin,
Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, etc., Matthews performs in duo with British
improvising violinist Phil Durrant, with the Spanish dancer Elena Alonso,
and in the trio WSPS with American flutist Jane Rigler and French contrabassist
David Chiesa. Matthews has also played one-offs with European improvisers
such as Burkhard Beins, Michael Renkel, Andrea Neumann and Peter Kowald
(Germany), John Butcher (United Kingdom), Butch Morris (U.S.A.), Agustí
Fernández (Spain), Jean Pallandre, Marc Pichlin, (France) etc.
He has performed in the festivals of the Experimental Inter-media Foundation
(New York), Musique et quotidien sonore (Albi, France), Drodessera (Italy),
Hurta Cordel, Puntos de Encuentro, La Alternativa, Radio Horzontal and
Madrid en danza/Espacios insólitos (Madrid), Nuevas Propuestas
Sonoras (Huelva), Grec, Improvisa and Música Experimental en Metronom
(Barcelona), Actual (Logroño), Música española del
siglo XX (León), Ressò (Palma de Mallorca), Música
Trece (Girona) and Em Pe de pedra (Santiago de Compostela) and in the
concert series K-77 and Loplop (Berlin), London Musicians' Collective,
Moppomosso and Civilization West (London), La Flibuste (Toulouse), Gracia
territori sonor, I.B.A., and Transformadors (Barcelona), Paralelo Madrid
and Música en Cruce (Madrid), etc.
He has recorded for the B.B.C in their London studios, for ORTF/France
Culture in Paris, R.T.V.E. y R.N.E. in Madrid, as well as two CDs with
his trio ZYKLUS and one with his duo FASES. He has also made recordings
with Butch Morris (released on "Música en Metrónom")
and on CDs by the Swiss trumpeter Markus Breuss, for the Orquesta sinfónica
de Madrid and others. Critics have written: "he combines some of
the greatest capacities of his instrument; a beautiful sound, avant garde
ideas, and an expressive ability that hits home". (El País,
3/9/89) According to El Independiente Matthews is "a man of abundant
ideas... ...a constant and enveloping sonic adventure..."