Matt Evans


"Meticulous and expressive" 

          - New York Times

About Matt Evans:

Matt will be in residence at Antenna Cloud Farm in mid-July, and performing at ACF on July 16.

Matt Evans is a composer and percussionist producing acoustic and electronic music, collaborative performances, and concept-driven recording projects through an eco-fictional lens. Taking cues from interwoven organic species, entangled online networks, and intersectional thinking, Evans uses drum-driven hypnotic soundscapes and embodied improvisatory performance to question the unknowable and absurd relationships between the human experience, capital-driven consumerism, and ecological systems. These projects imagine new ways to care for ecosystems and communities while engaging in art-making that applies research, ritual, and abstraction.

The sound sources he employs are varied, including drums, Casio keyboards, Moog synthesizers, traditional classical instruments, percussive accessories. and found sounds, often manipulated through careful effects processing and electronic manipulation. His style is defined by a tendency towards minimalist characteristics, idiosyncratic rhythms, ambient and fourth-world nostalgia, and experimental production practices. 

Evans’ recordings and compositions collage paradoxical logics, surreal musical “creatures”, and visceral improvisations in the creation of musical worlds at the thresholds of reality. His albums catalog phantasmal sound-environments (eco-fictions), where burbles and skitters from vintage synths and peculiar percussion instruments are enmeshed like creatures in a sci-fi biome. He performs these works live from the drum kit, embodying the array of characters in these compositions as an acquiescent and ritualistic representation of these futuristic landscapes. When arranging this music for an ensemble, performer autonomy and interpretation are utilized to depict the entangled essence of the sonic terrain. 

Evans’ classical compositions tend toward the ambient and the poetic, where simple structural logics are impeded on by indeterminate and incidental forms. Textural string and wind writing combine with ephemeral and otherworldly percussion and keyboard sounds in the production of effervescent clouds of subtle shifting harmony and rhythm. Experiments with expanded intonation and euclidian rhythms give these compositions an uncanny, hyperreal feeling that extends an overarching dreamy sentiment. These works often take optical phenomenon and theoretical physics as a point of departure — as calculated depictions of phenomenological anomalies. 

Collaboration and community continue to be cornerstones of Evans’ broader artistic practice, having performed, recorded and co-led projects with Tigue, Bearthoven, OHYUNG, Ayano Elson, Ensemble Signal, Contemporaneous, Thee Obsidian Gong, Open House, Rokenri, and Private Elevators. Notable projects include residencies at Pioneer Works, Exploring the Metropolis, and The Shell House; talks at Wesleyan University and Dartmouth College; and performances at The Kitchen, Le Guess Who? Festival, EMPAC, Roulette, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Noguchi Museum, Yale School of Music and others. Evans has released recordings with Whatever's Clever Records, New Amsterdam Records, NNA Tapes, Thrill Jockey, Cantaloupe Music and Perfect Wave. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Evans studied percussion at the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University before planting himself in the New York community.

Learn more about Matt at:

ACF EVENT #3 (tickets on sale 5/25)

Saturday, July 16

Hilltop opens: 4 pm, Concert 6 pm

Antenna Cloud Farm in Gill, MA 

Go to the Visiting ACF page for more information about ACF concerts. 

General Admission: $20 / Youth (18 & under): FREE / Reduced Rate: $10

(raindate July 17) 


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