Brexit Big Band recording stage complete

Brexit Big Band recording stage complete

Matthew launched the Brexit Big Band project on 29th March 2017, the same day that Theresa May triggered article 50 giving the UK a two year countdown to the day it is due to leave the EU. Since then then project has involved over a thousand contributors including musicians and...
The Music: a novel through sound

The Music: a novel through sound

Matthew’s latest album, which is in fact a book is available now. In the last hundred years – between the invention of the microphone and the computer – music has undergone a profound revolution. No longer confined to specifically designed instruments, we can now make music out of anything. Why...
'Disobedience' US release & trailer

‘Disobedience’ US release & trailer

Matthew has created the music for the new film ‘Disobedience’ from director Sebastian Lelio to continue their partnership following the oscar winning ‘A Fantastic Woman’ earlier this year. Disobedience has already been released in the US and will be released in UK and Europe later this year.
Response piece to Andreas Gursky’s 'Untitled XIII' with London Sinfonietta

Response piece to Andreas Gursky’s ‘Untitled XIII’ with London Sinfonietta

Experience the work of Andreas Gursky from a new perspective, with live music by producer, writer and pioneering electronic musician Matthew Herbert. His latest London Sinfonietta commission more, more, moreresponds to Gursky’s Untitled XIII (2002), a fascinating and un-nerving photograph of a landfill site in Chimalhuacán, Mexico City. A comment on endless consumerism, more, more,...
A Fantastic Woman wins best foreign language film at Oscars 2018

A Fantastic Woman wins best foreign language film at Oscars 2018

The Chilean film directed by Sebastian Lelio for which Matthew Herbert composed the music has won the Oscar for best foreign language film at 2018′s awards ceremony. More…  
Music for Gundog - Royal Court London

Music for Gundog – Royal Court London

Matthew has written the music for a new play ‘Gundog’ that has just opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London which The Guardian describe as “a compelling, unforgiving glimpse into rural life, and one in which there is not a single fluffy, gambolling lamb in sight” read the full...
The Politics of Listening at The British Library

The Politics of Listening at The British Library

Exploring the ethical front lines of sound. Matthew Herbert is joined by guests to explore the ethical front lines of sound. What is it acceptable to record and listen to? With live music and recordings, including some made in Manhattan on 11 September 2001. Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating...
Brexit Big Band in Brussels

Brexit Big Band in Brussels

Matthew brings the Brexit Big Band project to the very heart of the EU on Saturday 20th Jan for the closing concert of the 2018 Brussels Jazz Festival at Flagey. Tickets
A Fantastic Woman - Soundtrack Album

A Fantastic Woman – Soundtrack Album

The Golden Globe nominated and Academy Award shortlisted film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from director Sebastian Lello is a getting an album release for the original soundtrack composed by Matthew Herbert. The album is released January 5th on Milan Records. More information via Pitchfork  
Statement - Brexit Big Band

Statement – Brexit Big Band

Following a variety of news stories about the Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band project, I feel I should respond. Most importantly, this is not an anti-Brexit project. This is a project that, having accepted Brexit will occur, attempts to work out what a new kind of relationship with our European...
Brexit Big Band - Project Overview

Brexit Big Band – Project Overview

Following two acclaimed big band albums, Matthew Herbert announces a third in response to Brexit. This time though, it’s being put together differently. It is a two year collaborative project right across Europe celebrating artistic and musical collaboration and communities across national borders. The project will begin in England at...
Brexit Big Band - Barbican Centre, London - 23rd Oct

Brexit Big Band – Barbican Centre, London – 23rd Oct

Matthew is taking the new iteration of his big band project Matthew Herberts’ Brexit Big Band back to the Barbican Centre in London for a headline show on 23rd October. A typically ambitious collaborative journey and an ‘extended farewell party’, Herbert is encouraging the public to participate in an evolving...
Disobedience - Musical score for new film by Sebastián Lelio

Disobedience – Musical score for new film by Sebastián Lelio

Matthew has composed the music for the new film Disobedience by Sebastián Lelio which stars Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola | The Guardian give a 4/5 review and write: ‘musical score by Matthew Herbert; its musing and almost playful woodwind figures cut against the expected sombreness and obvious melancholy to contribute to this sense of...
Smell The DJ

Smell The DJ

To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, musician and DJ Matthew Herbert’s new experimental music and scent performance Smell the DJ explores the masculine symbolism surrounding music and male perfumes. Inspired by the inflated masculine symbolism inherent in commercial men’s perfume bottle designs...
ILK debut album 'Y U'

ILK debut album ‘Y U’

Matthew has co-produced the debut album for London band ILK. Out now on Accidental Records. “At their first attempt ILK have created an artistic triumph sonically” The Line Of Best Fit 8/10 “Unusual art-pop stylings fuelled by jittery electronics” Clash Magazine “The combination of producer Matthew Herbert and London trio ILK may turn out to...
New European Songbook - The Boat That Brought Me Here

New European Songbook – The Boat That Brought Me Here

Matthew has create a piece of music for the BBC’s New European Songbook entitled The Boat That Brought Me Here. The piece was born out of a collaboration with Iranian percussionist Arian Sadr who now lives in Manchester. The film maker Akinola ‘CrackStevens’ Davis then made a film to accompany...
Fatherland - Album with Karl Hyde

Fatherland – Album with Karl Hyde

Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert have announced the release of a new album called Fatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show). The album is made up of music based on extracts from the script for Fatherland, a play written in collaboration by Karl Hyde, playwright Simon Stephens and Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham...
Music for 'The Unknown' at The Royal Court

Music for ‘The Unknown’ at The Royal Court

Matthew has written the music for a new play The Unknown by EV Crowe. It is being performed at The Royal Court theatre’s new experimental design space The Site.
Music For A Busy City

Music For A Busy City

For 2017′s Manchester International Festival Matthew has joined 5 other composers in each creating a new piece of work using the sounds of the city… Music for a Busy City takes six leading composers out of the concert hall and into Manchester, making music for the spaces through which we pass...
A Fantastic Woman  - a film by Sebastián Lelio

A Fantastic Woman – a film by Sebastián Lelio

Matthew has created the music for a new film by Sebastián Lelio called Una Mujer Fantastica (A Fantastic Woman). The world premiere is taking place on at the 67th Berlinale Sunday, February 12, 2017 in the Berlinale Palast. Other performances at the Berlinale are: 13:02:17 12:30 Zoo Palast 1 13:02:17 15:00 Friedrichstadtpalast 13:02:17 21:30 Odeon Cinema...
Fatherland

Fatherland

Fatherland – a bold new theatre show created by Scott Graham from Frantic Assembly, Underworld’s Karl Hyde and playwright Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the trio’s home towns in the heart of the country, Fatherland is a survey of...
Requiem for BBC Radio 3

Requiem for BBC Radio 3

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 Matthew’s piece Requiem deconstructs Beethoven along with the instruments of a traditional string quartet. Matthew says: ‘for some time, i’ve been trying to make sense of why we’re not clearer about the recent revolution in music. we used to need musical instruments but now we...
PalazzoReale - Installation for Alcantara

PalazzoReale – Installation for Alcantara

As part of an exhibition at the PalazzoReale in Milan Matthew has produced a talking chair that when you sit on it, it tells you how it was made by the voices of the people that made it as well as playing sounds from the factory where it was made....
A NUDE - Live premiere at The Roundhouse - 10th August

A NUDE – Live premiere at The Roundhouse – 10th August

Ivor Novello nominated DJ and musician Matthew Herbert brings Matthew Herbert presents A NUDE to the Roundhouse as part of a series of immersive gigs in and around Ron Arad’s 360° installation, Curtain Call. The piece will see Matthew collaborate with a renowned choreographer and will feature a group of dancers. This brand new piece is...
Neue Meister - New composition and performance

Neue Meister – New composition and performance

On 20th June 2016 Matthew will perform a new composition alongside the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin. The new work is for orchestra, electronics, water, money and whistles on the theme of crossing borders. Tickets and more information available here.
New Album: A NUDE - the perfect body

New Album: A NUDE – the perfect body

Matthew Herbert has announced details of an extraordinary new solo project inspired by the human body. The nude has been a primary form of expression for visual art for centuries. However there has never been a musical nude in its purest form. For The Nude (The Perfect Body), Matthew Herbert...
Hear What You Eat - Whitstable Biennale 2016

Hear What You Eat – Whitstable Biennale 2016

On Sunday 12th June Matthew will host a special dinner as part of Whitstable Biennale. Tickets are available now. Whitstable based musician and composer Matthew Herbert is writing a book titledThe Music (published by Unbound, in partnership with Whitstable Biennale, 2016), about the formidable and profound revolution in music that is “somewhere...
UK entry for The New Shakespeare Songbook

UK entry for The New Shakespeare Songbook

The BBC have commissioned Matthew to write the UK entry for the European Broadcasting Union’s ‘New Shakespeare Songbook’ which has been created as part of the 400 year Shakespeare birthday celebrations. The piece is entitled ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow’ and takes the text from Act 5 of Macbeth. The...
'Chorus' installation for the Wellcome Collections new exhibition 'This Is A Voice'

‘Chorus’ installation for the Wellcome Collections new exhibition ‘This Is A Voice’

Matthew has created a new installation piece for the This Is A Voice exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. ‘Chorus’ asks visitors to sing a single note to add to a chorus of voices, forming an ever-expanding sound installation that plays in the exhibition and on the Wellcome Collection website. The...
Edible Sound: DJ Experiment at the Science Gallery

Edible Sound: DJ Experiment at the Science Gallery

Through a series of experiments, Herbert has created audio recordings of ingredients widely-used in processed food, etching them, via laser-cutting technology, onto various consumable items. The outcome is an assortment of edible records that will be played on the night. The audience will be invited to reflect on the foods...
Residency at Metal, Liverpool

Residency at Metal, Liverpool

Matthew begins a week long residency at the Metal arts centre in Liverpool on 14th Dec to compose and discuss his next project ‘Nude’.  ‘Nude’ will reimagine the formal and conceptual frameworks of ‘the nude’ in art and society, exploring its contemporary aesthetic, philosophical and ethical landscapes. The week will...
The Unknown - a radio play to mark the anniversary of the reunification of Germany

The Unknown – a radio play to mark the anniversary of the reunification of Germany

The division of Germany begins and ends in the ether. Immediately after the Second World War, the Allies took over the broadcasting authority in their respective spheres of influence, but radio waves know no borders. Matthew Herbert has composed the music for a new radio play to mark the 25th...
The Music - an album that is a book

The Music – an album that is a book

Matthew Herbert is pleased to announce that his next record after The Shakes will in fact be a book. The book/record is called The Music. You may have heard him talking about the book in the press but finally it is ready to launch. The book is a description of a...
Talk at Future Fest

Talk at Future Fest

Sat 14th March Matthew will be talking at Future Fest about the online virtual country of unlimited immigration – Country X. Future Fest features an array of thought provoking conversations and speakers this year including Edward Snowden, Vivienne Westwood, Jon Ronson and the Green’s Natalie Bennett to name but a...
the recording

the recording

  from the 18th september matthew herbert and his band will take up residence in a specially designed studio in the carpentry of the deutsche opera berlin. their goal: to compose, record and mix an album from scratch within a week. we will invite the public and special guests –...
new piece by matthew premiere's friday in oxford

new piece by matthew premiere’s friday in oxford

the debut of matthew’s piece called 20 pianos is at oxford contemporary music festival this friday. it is part of the prs new music biennial and is a piece made out of 20 pianos from around the world, from a prison piano to the queen mother’s piano, from a forgotten,...
matthew on BBC radio 3 talking about his studio

matthew on BBC radio 3 talking about his studio

matthew is a guest on hear and now on saturday 9th may talking about the studio space he works in.  more details, and listen again here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01ws36l
the crackle, matthew's opera opens on saturday

the crackle, matthew’s opera opens on saturday

matthew’s debut opera inspired by the faust myth opens on saturday april 5th at the linbury theatre, royal opera house, covent garden. it features an amazing giant musical instrument built by andy cavortora, a graduate of MIT media lab. audience members will also be invited to leave their phones on...
'The End Of Silence' - conversation with Sebastian Meyer

‘The End Of Silence’ – conversation with Sebastian Meyer

Transcript of a skype conversation between Matthew Herbert and the war photographer  Sebastian Meyer who made the 5 second recording that made up the album ‘The End Of Silence’. This is the image that Sebastian took at the same time the recording was made… MH One of the things that...
hejira album released

hejira album released

the debut album by hejira, produced by matthew herbert is out now on accidental records. The debut album from London four piece Hejira is out now and available on CD, double 12” vinyl and digital formats. The Matthew Herbert produced album ‘Prayer Before Birth’ plays out like an ensemble-piece, a...
matthew herbert quartet UK premiere at London Jazz Festival

matthew herbert quartet UK premiere at London Jazz Festival

matthew herbert and his quartet will present the uk live premiere of their acclaimed album ‘The End of Silence’ at the london jazz festival on november 22nd. more info here: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/matthew-herbert-78722
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Brexit Big Band recording stage complete

Brexit Big Band recording stage complete

Matthew launched the Brexit Big Band project on 29th March 2017, the same day that Theresa May triggered article 50 giving the UK a two year countdown to the day it is due to leave the EU. Since then then project has involved over a thousand contributors including musicians and singers from across Europe at...
Brexit Big Band at Romaeuropa

Brexit Big Band at Romaeuropa

Matthew brings the Brexit Big Band to Rome for the final recording session of the project which will involve rehearsing and recording with a band of local musicians and a choir. The band will then perform a concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica on Sunday 25th November. More information and tickets    
The Music: a novel through sound

The Music: a novel through sound

Matthew’s latest album, which is in fact a book is available now. In the last hundred years – between the invention of the microphone and the computer – music has undergone a profound revolution. No longer confined to specifically designed instruments, we can now make music out of anything. Why use a guitar when you...
New production of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder

New production of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder

Matthew is undertaking a series of workshops in Luzern, Switzerland to create a new production of Gustav Mahler’s song cycle ‘Kindertotenlieder’ alongside director Benedikt Von Peter. More information and tickets.    
Brexit Big Band on 2nd Anniversary of the vote

Brexit Big Band on 2nd Anniversary of the vote

“What brought the audience cheering to its feet at the end… was the metaphor for human solidarity presented by all those joyous musicians” the Telegraph, 4/5 “A more gloomy, depressed, bleak attitude than his own could scarcely be imagined.”  Melanie Phillips, the Times www.brexitbigband.eu The Brexit Big Band is the controversial, ever-evolving musical collaboration created...
Premiere for new AV piece at Splice Festival 2018

Premiere for new AV piece at Splice Festival 2018

In a new audio-visual project in response to Brexit, pioneering electronic musician Matthew Herbert presents an exclusive commission for Splice in collaboration with media artist Christopher Thomas Allen (The Light Surgeons). The performance will examine the things we will lose as a result of Brexit and it’s impact, by exploring the themes of scale and...
'Disobedience' US release & trailer

‘Disobedience’ US release & trailer

Matthew has created the music for the new film ‘Disobedience’ from director Sebastian Lelio to continue their partnership following the oscar winning ‘A Fantastic Woman’ earlier this year. Disobedience has already been released in the US and will be released in UK and Europe later this year.
Cosmo Sheldrake debut album

Cosmo Sheldrake debut album

Matthew worked with multi-instrumentalist and sound explorer Cosmo Sheldrake on the creation of his debut album. Watch the video for ‘Wriggle’…
Response piece to Andreas Gursky’s 'Untitled XIII' with London Sinfonietta

Response piece to Andreas Gursky’s ‘Untitled XIII’ with London Sinfonietta

Experience the work of Andreas Gursky from a new perspective, with live music by producer, writer and pioneering electronic musician Matthew Herbert. His latest London Sinfonietta commission more, more, moreresponds to Gursky’s Untitled XIII (2002), a fascinating and un-nerving photograph of a landfill site in Chimalhuacán, Mexico City. A comment on endless consumerism, more, more, more will be made from the...
A Fantastic Woman wins best foreign language film at Oscars 2018

A Fantastic Woman wins best foreign language film at Oscars 2018

The Chilean film directed by Sebastian Lelio for which Matthew Herbert composed the music has won the Oscar for best foreign language film at 2018′s awards ceremony. More…  
Music for Gundog - Royal Court London

Music for Gundog – Royal Court London

Matthew has written the music for a new play ‘Gundog’ that has just opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London which The Guardian describe as “a compelling, unforgiving glimpse into rural life, and one in which there is not a single fluffy, gambolling lamb in sight” read the full review here. More info and...
The Politics of Listening at The British Library

The Politics of Listening at The British Library

Exploring the ethical front lines of sound. Matthew Herbert is joined by guests to explore the ethical front lines of sound. What is it acceptable to record and listen to? With live music and recordings, including some made in Manhattan on 11 September 2001. Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archive. More...