Mattie Barbier

Corbett vs. Dempsey

2156 West Fulton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Mattie Barbier premieres a new solo work for hydrophonic and geophonic recordings of Lake Erie, phantom brass ensemble, and trombone.

In paper blown between the spaces in my ribs, they explore intersections of vanishing sonic ecologies, sonifications of the interior world of untouched instruments, and a search for the safety and stability of constructed memories. The piece completes a series of works about longing for home.

Barbier also plays no dirt to call for prepared euphonium.

Mattie Barbier (b.1985, Anchorage, Alaska) is a Los Angeles-based musician and sonic researcher, focused on experimental intonation, sonification of latent acoustic irrationalities, and the physical processes of their instrument. They are a member of RAGE Thormbones, wildUp, Echoi, and an active soloist on low brass instruments. Barbier primarily works with trombone, as well as euphonium, bass trumpet, electronics, and bagpipes.

Collaborators include Clara Iannotta, Michelle Lou, Weston Olencki, Sarah Davachi, Ellen Arkbro, Catherine Lamb, Kevin Drumm, Jacob Kirkegaard, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and Katherine Young.

Barbier has performed at the Getty Villa, Monday Evening Concerts, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, REDCAT, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology, all in Los Angeles; Exploratorium, San Francisco; Indexical, Santa Cruz; Roulette, Brooklyn; Issue Project Room, New York; and Frequency Festival, Chicago; among others. European festival appearances include Borealis Festival, Norway; Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Germany; Donaueschinger Musiktage, Germany; MaerzMusik, Germany; Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Austria; Kalv Festival, Sweden; and Musica Nova Helsinki, Finland.

They have been in residence at Columbia, Harvard, New York University, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. Barbier has released work on Carrier, Dinzu Artefacts, Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, Innova, Faux Amis, New Amsterdam, and Kairos Records. They teach at CalArts and Los Angeles City College.

Presented in partnership with Corbett vs. Dempsey