TCO Profile: Matt Bauder

We’re going to start a semi-regular series on the blog that features individual members of the vibrant Tri-Centric Orchestra community.  These musicians and singers are engaged in so many projects (as leaders and otherwise) that we highly recommend you explore.  Hopefully each interview will yield some new music and creative work that is exciting to you, our readers.  Enjoy!

Matt Bauder kicks things off for us – See him perform with his ensemble Day in Pictures live at the University of the Streets in New York City on Monday, April 25 at 8:00pm.  You may buy advance tickets at this link.  RSVP to Matt’s show on Facebook here.

Matt Bauder / photo by Peter Gannushkin

When did you start playing music?
I started guitar when I was 8, and saxophone at 11.

How did improvisation become part of your musical experience?
At first by playing in a punk rock band in high school and doing noise experiments.  Later, I studied jazz and eventually I was able to see the connection between the two and the world of improvised music opened up.

Which composers/musicians most influence your work?
Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Jimmy Giuffre, Morton Feldman, Sam Cooke, Sun Ra, Edgar Varese, David Tudor…

What current projects/ensembles are you involved in?
Day in Pictures
(Eclectic Jazz Quintet), Memorize the Sky (Improvisational Trio), White Blue Yellow and Clouds (Experimental Doo-Wop and R&B).

What recent releases or upcoming events do you have on the horizon?
Day in Pictures is performing at University of the Streets on April 25th.  I’ll be attending the Music Omi residency this summer.

What are you currently listening to?
The last two records I listened to were Mahmoud Ahmed (Ethiopiques 19) and Paul McCartney (McCartney II).

Where can we learn more about you and your work?

How has working with Anthony Braxton shaped your musical experience?
He has constantly inspired me to push further and think bigger.  He also encouraged me to connect all of my musical and artistic activities into an integrated concept.  This idea was very liberating, in that I could pursue many different artistic endeavors and connect them through my overall philosophy.  When you look at his work, there’s opera, marches, jazz, puppet shows and on and on, but its all Braxton.

What impact has the Tri-Centric Orchestra had on your concept of the orchestra as an entity?
I certainly saw the kind of camaraderie that can develop with such an inspiring figure such as Braxton leading an enormously talented orchestra.

What’s your favorite food?
Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae.

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