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Outstanding Composer and Improviser Wade Matthews Visits Uruguay

His itinerary includes a concert and a series de conferences and workshops in Montevideo

Posted: June 22, 2005

American 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 López, 1997) and recordings with Butch Morris, Steve Nobel, Markus Breuss, and the Simphony Orquesta of Madrid.

For information regarding the lectures, please call the Escuela Universitaria de Musica, Guayabo 1773, tel. 403 6440, extention 111 or 112.


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