Matmos performing at SFCM
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Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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$10 General Admission / Free for SFCM Students

Works by SFCM Technology and Applied Composition students followed by a performance by Matmos 


Daniel De Togni
This is a Flower, not a gun

Andrew Levin

Helen Tanubrata
Sazae Oni

Niko Korolog
Hexx 24

Molly Monahan

Kamran Adib
The L

Jose Soberanes
Where Can I Find You?

Qianqian Jin
Dance of the Yao

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Chelsea Wong, piano
Taylor Joshua Rankin, percussion
Daniel De Togni, live electronics
Andrew Levin, guitar, voice, live electronics
Helen Tanubrata, musical saw
Kamran Adib, voice
Alyssa Wright, violin
Tonya Beuttner, violin
Kyle Wasson, viola
Stephanie Li, cello
Joseph Gray, violin
Molly Monahan, live electronics
Jessica Mao, piano
Cody Mosblech, piano
Kamran Adib, live electronics
Jose Soberanes, voice
Moya Gotham, live electronics
William Yavornitzky, violin
Anju Goto, violin
Paulina Flores, viola
Bowen Liu, cello
Jessica Mao, keyboard
Qianqian Jin, guzheng and live electronics

Artist Profile

Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others.

Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, water hitting copper plates, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, rat cages, tanks of helium, a cow uterus, human skulls, snails, cigarettes, cards shuffling, laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions, balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones, Polish trains, insects, life support systems, inflatable blankets, rock salt, solid gold coins, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal. These raw materials are manipulated into surprisingly accessible forms, and often supplemented by traditional musical instruments played by them and their large circle of friends and collaborators. The result is a model of electronic composition as a relational network that connects sources and outcomes together; information about the process of creation activates the listening experience, providing the listener with entry points into sometimes densely allusive, baroque recordings.

Since their debut, Matmos have released over eight albums, including: Quasi-Objects (1998) , The West (1998), A Chance to Cut Is A Chance to Cure (2001), The Civil War (2003)  and The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of A Beast(2006) and Supreme Balloon (2008). In 2001 they were asked to collaborate with the Icelandic singer Bjork on her “Vespertine” album, and subsequently embarked on two world tours as part of her band. In addition to musical collaborations with Antony, So Percussion, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, David Tibet, the Rachel’s, Lesser, Wobbly, Zeena Parkins, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, Matmos have also collaborated with a wide range of artists across disciplines, from the visual artist Daria Martin (on the soundtrack to her film “Minotaur”) to the playwright Young Jean Lee (for her play “The Appeal”) to Berlin-based choreographer Ayman Harper. Most recently, they have been part of the ensemble for the Robert Wilson production “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic”, featuring Marina Abramovic, Antony and Willem Dafoe. Their most recent album, The Marriage of True Minds, was released in 2013 by Thrill Jockey Records.