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Matt Mitchell

keyboards, piano



Performer's Website

Matthew Mitchell was born on July 19, 1975 and his interest in music quickly became apparent. As a toddler, Matt would sit down with a Fisher Price record player and a stack of vinyl LPs and memorize lyrics, track times, musicians and other trivia about his parents' albums: The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix and others. Matt began playing piano at the age of 6, with composing beginning at age 10. As his appetite and aptitude for music grew, so did his involvement, and by age 13 came the knowledge that music would be his life.

Following high school, Matt attended music schools for five years, spending three years at Indiana University and two at the Eastman School of Music, culminating in a Master's degree. During his school years, Matt played a wide variety of music in a wide variety of contexts, including experiences with rock, fusion, hip-hop, salsa, Brazilian, and polka bands, as well as the 'usual' assortment of jazz and classical experiences. Notable teachers from this time period include David Baker, Luke Gillespie, Michael Cain, and Elizabeth DiFelice.

Since moving to Philadelphia in 1999, he has pursued an interest in the intersections of both composed and improvised music and of 'classical', 'jazz', and electronic music, performing consistently throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to his solo activities he has been a member of the long standing Philadelphia-area groups Kaktus and Feigner, both of which groups have explored new areas of non-idiomatic group improvisation and released several acclaimed albums on Scrapple Records. His most recent recording, the large-scale electroacoustic piece 'vapor squint, antique chromatic', was released on Scrapple in 2007 to uniformly positive reviews. In addition to being a current member of Tim Berne's Adobe Probe, he has performed with a number of musicians including Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik, Shane Endsley, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Josh Roseman, and John Swana, as well as being a former member of the avant-rock band Thinking Plague. He is also a faculty member with the Brooklyn, NY based School for Improvisational Music [SIM].


Firehouse 12 Performances

Webber/Mitchell/Hollenbeck Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:00p
8:30p
Matt Mitchell Quartet Friday, October 28, 2016, 10:00p
8:30p
Mario Pavone Trio Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:00p
8:30p
Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet Friday, June 5, 2015, 10:00p
8:30p
Tim Berne and Matt Mitchell Duo Friday, May 15, 2015, 10:00p
8:30p
Rudy Royston 303 Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00p
8:30p
Tim Berne's Snakeoil Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:00p
8:30p
Dave Douglas Quintet Friday, May 31, 2013, 10:00p
8:30p
Darius Jones Quartet Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:00p
8:30p
Shane Endsley and The Music Band Friday, April 22, 2011, 10:00p
8:30p
Tim Berne Los Totopos Friday, December 3, 2010, 10:00p
8:30p


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