Brexit Big Band

Brexit Big Band

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...
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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New score for first ever British sci-fi film for the BFI

New score for first ever British sci-fi film for the BFI

Matthew Herbert has created a new soundtrack for the first ever British sci-fi film for the BFI. Matthew Herbert, composer said: A Message from Mars has such a unique visual language, from acting to camera angles, that it has required a different approach to the soundtrack. So many conventions we associate with sound and music...
'11th' premiered at présences electroniques, genève

’11th’ premiered at présences electroniques, genève

On friday 21st Nov a new piece ’11th’ was premiered at Présences Electroniques in Genève at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices venue that sits above the river in the city. The piece was performed on the Acousmonium, a 60 speaker sound system designed in the 70s  with loudspeakers of different sizes and shapes arranged with...
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 – musicians , theorists and politicians...

matthew speaking with john fulljames at SohoCreate

matthew’s speaking alongside john fulljames from the royal opera house at SohoCreate this thursday june 5th in london. details here: https://sohocreate.co.uk/sessions/embracing-the-new/
matthew plays the british library sound archive for boiler room

matthew plays the british library sound archive for boiler room

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, broken one to the most...
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 and the chirp app enabled...
matthew speaking at the TATE

matthew speaking at the TATE

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/talks-and-lectures/if-you-had-year-change-something-what-would-you-do matthew is at the TATE today to talk about what he would change given a year.
matthew presents a programme on BBC radio4

matthew presents a programme on BBC radio4

matthew has presented a programme on BBC radio 4 tomorrow called ‘the art of the loop’ it’s on at 10.30 am. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wgpyg
'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 was interesting to me about...
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 debut of rare composure that...