School of Music Visiting Artist
Two concerts in the Wild Beast 8:00PM
10/10/23 - Songs and Clouds
10/11/23 - Pedal Steel Guitar
Matt Sargent (b. 1984) is a composer, guitarist, recording engineer, and music technologist based in upstate New York, where he is an assistant professor of music at Bard College.. His music grows from interests in resonance, the making/breaking of patterns, and computer models of musical thought. Over the last decade, his work has focused extensively on musical algorithms and real-time notation systems, which can be heard in his compositions and technical collaborations with other artists.
His compositions have been described as “bringing a sharpened sense of the transcendental into the 21st century.” (Paul Muller, Sequenza21) On his 2018 release, Ghost Music, Bill Meyer writes, “this music isn’t about following in anyone’s footsteps; it uses bare resources to establish a bounded and essential place.” (The Wire Magazine)
His albums include Tide (A Wave Press), Separation Songs (Cold Blue Music), Tide (for ten basses) (Marginal Frequency), and Ghost Music (Weighter Recordings). Bend, with Dani Dobkin, will be released on Waveform Alphabet in December 2023. Illuminations will be released on Sawyer Editions in January 2024.
He is currently engaged with expanding available repertoire for the pedal steel. In 2022, Matt commissioned new works for solo pedal steel from Michael Pisaro-Liu, Carl Stone, and Nomi Epstein. His performance of Trails (2019-2022), a new concert-length work for pedal steel by Kevin Good, was released by Sawyer Editions in April 2023. He recently recorded and premiered James Romig’s new concert-length work for electric guitar, The Fragility of Time. In December 2022, he premiered Splectar, a new work by Robert Carl for retuned electric guitar and live electronics.