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Matthew Shlomowitz : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Avant-Muzak : For flute, soprano saxophone, drum kit, electric guitar, harp, violin, cello and sampler by Matthew Shlomowitz, from the CD Avant Muzak


Photo of Matthew Shlomowitz

Artist website: http://www.shlom.com

I make music and performance pieces. Raised in Adelaide, I now live in London. I've worked with groups such as Calefax, Ensemble Offspring, EXAUDI, Ives Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, Ricciotti Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Wespoke and soloistsClaire Edwardes, Juliet Fraser, Mark Knoop, HÄkon Stene, Manuel Zurria and Stephane Ginsburgh. In 2017, my opera Electric Dreamswas produced by KunstuniversitÀt Graz in cooperation with ORF Musikprotokoll, as winner of the Johann Joseph Fux Opera Composition. In 2018, asamisimasa released a CD of my work on the all that dust label.

I've developed three projects: Letter Pieces, open score pieces combining physical action and music; Popular Contexts, which combine recognisable recordings with instrumental music; and a series of lecture-pieces addressing aesthetic issues. In 2011, dancer Shila Anaraki and I made A to Zzz, an hour-long work for the Letter Piece Company. And in 2017 Shila and I collaborated with Aisha Orazbayeva on another hour-long work, Lecture About Sad Music and Happy Dance.

I teach at University of Southampton, and co-direct Plus Minus with Mark Knoop and Vicky Wright. I've taught on Ensemble Nikel's 2017 Tzlil Meudcan Summer Course, and will teach on the 2018 Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy. I've written articles, such as "The Automaton Approach" (published in MusikTexte) and "Where Are We Now?" (published in Tempo).


Matthew Shlomowitz — current to June 2020

Teacher/Influence on

Charlie Sdraulig (2010 - 2011)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Popular contexts, Volume 6 : percussion Commissioned by Maerzmusik Berlin for performance by Speak Percussion.
Popular contexts, Volume 8 : five soundscapes for a contemporary percussionist : five soundscapes for a contemporary percussionist (2015) Commissioned by Norwegian Programme for Artistic Research.
Popular contexts, Volume 7 : Public Domain Music : for clarinet, electric guitar, synthesizer and sampler, drum-kit and cello (2014) Commissioned by asamisimasa (ensemble).
Avant-Muzak : For flute, soprano saxophone, drum kit, electric guitar, harp, violin, cello and sampler (2010) Commissioned by Henri Pousseur Centre for performance by Ensemble Besides.
Earth breeze smoke : for two recorders (with dictaphone) (2008) Commissioned by Concertgebouw Brugge for performance by Aspara.
Line and length : chamber ensemble (2007) Commissioned by Spitalfields Festival.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Matthew Shlomowitz Slow Flipping Harmony

- Review: The Song Company Cage Uncaged 15 September 2007

- Review: The Song Company Cage Uncaged 15 September 2007

- Video: Slow flipping harmony by Matthew Shlomowitz

- Video: Fast medium swing, by Matthew Shlomowitz

- Video: Letter Piece No. 8: Sit up stand down

- Video: Popular contexts Vol. 6