Multi-reedist and composer Matt Bauder has been creating inspired and imaginative music since his early days in Ann Arbor, MI in the mid nineties. Now based in NYC, he also has been an active member of the creative music scenes in Chicago and Berlin. Dusted Magazine calls his music “the ideal collaboration between Morton Feldman and Jimmy Guiffre – the intersection of the long form composition and jazz’s improvisational technique.” He has studied, performed, and recorded with some of the major figures in modern music including Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Ellery Eskelin, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Warn Devever, and Neil Micheal Haggerty.
PAPER GARDENS is an extended work stemming from the most basic of ideas. The unison and the cluster serve as springboards for compositional and improvisational expansion. Roles of the strings and reeds are swapped freely from foreground to background, creating mysterious textures that can as easily turn on a dime as they can morph subconsciously into the unexpected. Matana Roberts (alto saxophone, clarinet), Loren Dempster (cello) and Reuben Radding (bass), three singular voices in experimental music, have been performing Paper Gardens with Bauder for the past year, honing in on the delicate balance and interaction that the piece requires.