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Herb Alpert Music Center

Adjunct Faculty

Matt Barbier

Matt Barbier

Adjunct Applied Faculty, Trombone

Contact Info

Office: HAMC 157
Extension: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2890
Email: zythobone@gmail.com

Biographical Statement:

Matt Barbier is an LA based trombonist and composer focused on experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of his instrument. His playing has been described by the LA Times as being "of intense, brilliant, virtuosic growling that gave the striking impression that Barbier was dismantling the instrument while playing it," by the Wire as “exploring the nooks of instrumental tone far beyond the reach of most mortals,” and by the New Yorker as being a "diabolically inventive trombonist-composer."

To encourage new repertoire and the expansion of his instrument, Matt engages in long term collaborative relationships with a range of composers including Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michelle Lou, David Brynjar Franzson, and Katherine Young. He has also given world premieres of works by a wide spectrum of composers including Liza Lim, Richard Barrett, Catherine Lamb, James Tenney, Jessie Marino, Scott Walker, and Sarah Davachi.

Matt is a founding member of gnarwhallaby, the low brass duo, RAGE Thormbones, Trio Kobayashi, wildUp, and is an assistant director of wasteLAnd music. Matt is a member of the instrumental arts faculty at CalArts and is an adjunct faculty at Los Angeles City College (LACC) where he teaches trombone and euphonium .

Matt has performed for the Monday Evening Concerts, LA Phil's Green Umbrella, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Dartington International Summer School, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Bludenz Tage zeitgemäßer , Palimpsest Ensemble, InAuthentica, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, and Issue Project Room, as well as presenting guest lectures at CalArts, UCSD, UCSB, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. He has also been in residence at Harvard (HGNM), UCSD, Stanford, Princeton, UCSC, Columbia, NYU, and UCLA. Matt has recorded works for release of Populist, Mode, Hat Hut, Innova, Faux Amis, and Kairos Records. Additionally, he has released a technical manual for composers and trombonists on the production and compositional integration of lip multiphonics and split tones.

As a composer he has written music and created sound installations for the Factory Seconds Brass Trio, WasteLAnd, gnarwhallaby, RAGE Thormbones, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, SASSAS, Machine Project, LACMA, and the Getty Villa, as well as engaging in a long term collaborative relationship with digital media artist Tom Leeser.

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 Upcoming Events

Concert Flyer: Applied Music Completion Concert. December 4, 2019 at 7pm. Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall.

Concert Flyer: Studio Jazz Band. December 5, 2019 at 7pm. Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall.

 Contact Us

Herb Alpert Music Center 106
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2880

Christine Park
Department Chair
parkcj@lacitycollege.edu

 

Caroline Reyes
Instructional Assistant
reyescr@lacitycollege.edu

 

Sam Plotkin
Instructional Assistant
plotkish@laccd.edu

 

Mailing Address:

Department of Music
Los Angeles City College
Herb Alpert Music Center
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029

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 Office Hours

FALL 2019

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Hours are subject to change.

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029

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Phone: 323.953.4000

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Emergency: 323.953.2911