Matt Barbier is an LA based trombonist and composer focused on experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of his instrument. His playing has been described by the LA Times as being “of intense, brilliant, virtuosic growling that gave the striking impression that Barbier was dismantling the instrument while playing it.”
To encourage new repertoire and the expansion of his instrument, Matt engages in collaborative relationships with a range of composers including Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michelle Lou, Nicholas Deyoe, Andrew Greenwald, Timothy McCormack, Elise Roy, and Ulrich Krieger. He has also given world premieres of works by Katharina Rosenberger, Richard Barrett, Catherine Lamb, James Tenney, Jürg Frey, and David Rosenboom.
He is a member of the low brass duo, RAGE Thormbones, with Weston Olencki, gnarwhallaby, Trio Kobayashi, wildUp, and is an assistant director of wasteLAnd music. Matt is on the performing arts faculty at CalArts and teaches trombone and euphonium at Los Angeles City College (LACC).
Matt has performed for the Monday Evening Concerts, LA Phil’s Green Umbrella, Darmstadt Music Course, Dartington International Summer School, Hamburg’s KlangWerkTage and Kampnagel, Berlin’s 7Hours, and the Palimpsest Ensemble, as well as presenting guest lectures at CalArts, UCSD, UCSB, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. In addition to completing residencies at Harvard, Stanford, CalArts, UCSD, UCSC, and UCLA, Matt has upcoming residencies at NYU and National Sawdust (with wildUp). He has recorded works for release of Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, and Innova Records.
His trombone teachers include Rick Stout, Jim Miller, Michael Svoboda, Alex Iles and Dick Erb. He studied composition with Ulrich Krieger and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. Matt has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, NOCCA, and CalArts, with additional studies at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD).