“This music isn't about following in anyone's footsteps; it uses bare resources to establish a bounded and essential space.” - Bill Meyer The Wire Magazine
Matt Sargent (b. 1984) is a composer, guitarist, and music technologist based in upstate New York. His work grows from interests in resonance and recursive systems, computer models of intelligence, and the making/breaking of long-form patterns.
His music has been described as "a powerfully organic experience" (Paul Muller, Sequenza21) and "so simple and so natural, and yet sets up a complex set of interactions." (Jennie Gottschalk, SoundExpanse)
His full-length albums include Separation Songs (Cold Blue Music), Tide (for ten basses) (Marginal Frequency), and Ghost Music (Weighter Recordings). He was the recipient of a 2017 NewMusicUSA project grant for the recording and tour of Unwound Path, commissioned by the [Switch~] Ensemble. Other recent collaborators include Bent Duo (New York), Eclipse Quartet (Los Angeles), Ensemble Mise-En (Brooklyn), DesoDuo (Los Angeles), bassist Zach Rowden (New Haven), multimedia artist Paul Catanese (Chicago), and Large Furniture (Brooklyn).
As an audio engineer, Matt recently recorded Alvin Lucier’s 2019 album, Ricochet Lady (Black Truffle Records), collaborated on Robert Carl’s 2019 album, Splectra (Cold Blue Music), and recorded Pillars of Decay (Irritable Hedgehog, fall 2019), a concert-length work for percussion duo and electronics by Jeff Herriott, Trevor Saint, Matt Sargent, and Amanda Schoofs, which toured the United States in the 2017-8 concert season.
Matt is a visiting assistant professor of music at Bard College.