composer and improviser Wade Matthews will be in Montevideo
during the week of June 20-25 as a guest of the Escuela
Universitaria de Musica of the Universidad de la Republica.
Dr. Matthews' visit is sponsored by the Embassy of the United
States in Uruguay and will include a series of conferences
and workshops for students and professors at the new facilities
of the Escuela Universitaria de Musica, located
at Guayabo 1773. Also scheduled is a concert that will take
place at Instituto Goethe (Canelones 1524) on Thursday,
June 23 at 7:30pm.
Mattews earned his doctorate in Composition
and Electro-Acoustics at Columbia University (New York).
His thesis covered the topic of improvisation with electronically
generated sounds in a magnetic medium.
Matthews adheres to the European school
of free improvisation, a music and dance trend that emerged
in the final years of the 20th century and has a visible
presence in every major European city. He has given concerts
in festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin,
Brussels, Lisbon, New York, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, Toulouse, Dresden among other cities.
His music is strongly influenced by electro-aucoustics
and was born out of a profound experimentation with the
possibilities of wind, air and breath instruments. Moving
away from the more traditional forms of playing these intruments,
Matthews' discourse examines the use of rhythm, tone, silence
of a given movment. The selections he will present on Thursday
at the Goethe will be improvisations.
Matthews' recent recitals, in venues as
diverse as London, Madrid, Barcelona, New York, Berlin,
Tenerife and Palma de Mallorca, have included duos with
the British violinist Phil Durrant, the Spanish ballerina
Elena Alonso and the North American flutist Jane Rigler.
He has also collaborated with well-known European improvisers
such as Burkhard Beins, Michael Renkel and Peter Kowald
(Germany), John Butcher, John Edwards and Steve Noble (UK),
Butch Morris (USA), Agusti Fernandez (Spain). In so far
as recordings are concerned, Matthews has had numerous sessions
for the B.B.C, for ORTF/France Culture in Paris and for
R.T.V.E. and R.N.E. in Madrid. He has released two recordings
with his Zyklus Trio, one with his duo Fases (with Pedro
LÃ³pez, 1997) and recordings with Butch Morris,
Steve Nobel, Markus Breuss, and the Simphony Orquesta of
For information regarding the lectures,
please call the Escuela Universitaria de Musica,
Guayabo 1773, tel. 403 6440, extention 111 or 112.