born and raised in Schenectady, NY, the product of artistic,
post-1960s child-rearing. His parents, both at one time art
teachers, encouraged Matthew to appreciate all things beautiful
and, at the same time, pursue his muse, particularly with
lessons on piano and saxophone. In high school, theater,
music, discussion, literature and travel led to the formation
of his worldly views. Matthew then enrolled at Wesleyan University
where he studied music, as well as Russian, literature and
history. It was here that the idea of individuality in his music
took on importance.
In the years ahead, Matthew would hone skills that support
his creative endeavors with studies at New England Conservatory.
He wrote prolifically at this time for the group Dead Cat
Bounce, an ensemble that has since gained a national reputation
and high critical standing. Since graduating, Matthew has continued
the efforts of DCB, and has been the leader of additional
projects including Persiflage, Cello Pudding Pops, Lavender Jones & The Dead
Giveaways, The Famous, The South End Ramblers, and has produced
numerous works for orchestra, chamber groups, film & theatre.
His work as a freelance performer includes appearances
with Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Joe Lovano, Jim McNeely,
Pheeroan Aklaff, Warren Smith, Neely Bruce, Tyshawn Sorey, Randy Brecker,
Lee Konitz, Bobby Sanabria, George
Russell, Lenny Pickett,
Jay Hoggard, Gunther Schuller, Inter-Art Ensemble, George
Lewis, Gamelan Song
Wesleyan Steel Pans, Dinu Ghezzo, Roswell Rudd, MC Frontalot,
Jon Hendricks, Grace Baptist Church, Jazz Composers Alliance,
Steve Songs, Made
Shade, Head of State, Corina Bartra, Smokehouse Prophets, Sam Bigelow,
Doran Danoff, Brandon
Patton, Dave Cope and others.
Among Matthew's achievements are commissions from Meet the
Composer, American Composers Forum, American Music Center and Chamber Music America, a 3-time poll winner
in the Boston Phoenix, and a Boston Music Award. Reviews are
available in Downbeat (4 stars; Top CDs 2012), Jazz Times (Top 50 CDs 2011), Cadence, Signal to Noise, NYC Jazz Record, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and other publications.
Matthew has performed internationally in China, Romania, Russia,
Cuba and North America.
His teaching experience of over a dozen years includes faculty positions at RPI, NYU and Bergen Community College, metro NYC and Boston Public and Parochial
Schools, collegiate visiting artist and musical director posts, and private
lessons. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Composition from NYU, and now resides in Vermont with his wife
and son, teaching at the Dorset School and playing with Alex Torres, Darryl Kniffen and others.
The Washington Post has described Matthew’s writing as "sharply
contrasting forms, textures and tones... strident, joyful,
lush and strutting".
Seminal saxophonist Dave Liebman writes, "great writing
originality of style, and a wide variety of moods".