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Adam Matlock


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New Haven, CT-based accordionist, composer and vocalist Adam Matlock works in a variety of mediums to explore the connections between improvisation, narrative, composition and musical structure. Beginning with piano lessons and black American spirituals and moving on to rock and improvisation in high school and college, he found the accordion as a member of the Valley Kapelye Klezmer Band at Mount Holyoke College, and began exploring its uses and implications both in the innumerable folk traditions which contain it, as well as the extensive non-traditional applications for it in the context of new composed and improvised music.

After completing a study of music and narrative under Michael Dessen and Margo Simmons-Edwards at Hampshire College and a pair of compositions used to explore these connections, he began exploring songwriting, electronic/electro acoustic music and free improvisation in addition to his background in folk and composition. Matlock writes increasingly narrative and frenzied songs under the name An Historic, and dark ambient music under the alias G. Zarapanecko, and frequently writes and performs compositions under his own name solo or with various partners or small ensembles. He has worked with composers Carl Testa, Brian Parks, Nate Trier and Erik Deluca on the realizations of new works. Matlock can also be seen performing with chamber improv trio Broadcloth and avant-traditionalists Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptrap. He performs with these groups as well as Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Choir, The Afro Semitic Experience and the Yale Klezmer Band in New Haven, New York and Boston and various other locations on the east coast.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Anthony Braxton Septet Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00p
New Haven Improvisers' Collective Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8:30p
Broadcloth Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8:30p
NHIC Atlas and Electric NHIC Saturday, December 3, 2011, 8:30p
New Haven Improvisers Collective Saturday, November 20, 2010, 8:30p
New Haven Improvisers Collective Saturday, November 7, 2009, 10:00p

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