Author: Matt McBane
Along with being fantastic live performers, a thing I like about Tigue is how well the group fits into and crosses over different paradigms of music creation and performance. It is both a percussion ensemble in the new music mold, commissioning works from composers (check out Robert Honstein’s An Index of Possibility) and performing on instruments associated with the broad pallete of contemporary percussion music, and an avant-pop band of sorts, whose members write their own music, incorporating synthesizers and improvising. Finally, Tigue is a great model for musicians who are both interpreters and creators, who want to freely pick and choose the elements they like most from the different strands of music in which they are steeped.
Matt McBane has been described as “a natural composer, a fresh voice ” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times and as having “a fantastic intuitive sense that is backed up by a serious amount of compositional craft” by Sequenza21.
Matt is the violinist and composer for his Brooklyn-based instrumental band, Build, described by New York Magazine as a "rocking post-classical quintet which takes inspiration from minimalist chamber music, instrumental rock, modal jazz, and more." Build has released two albums on New Amsterdam Records, both to widespread critical acclaim.
Matt is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Carlsbad Music Festival, a festival of “adventurous music by the beach” founded in 2004 and praised by the Los Angeles Times as “marvelously enlightening” and by the San Diego Union Tribune as “phenomenal.”
Matt has written for many ensembles and instrumentalists including the Calder Quartet, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Chatham Baroque, Wild Up, NOW Ensemble, and pianist Vicky Chow, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Brooklyn Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), the Whitney Museum of Art, Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), and many others.
In 2015 Matt released two recordings: his 25-min suite “Drawn” for bluegrass string band recorded on Jake Schepps Quintet's “Entwined,” and “On and On and” based on the writings of John Muir and written for the San Diego-based chorus Sacra/Profana.