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 neighbours may look like. That...
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 the point at which the...
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 project which started when Article...
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 disorientation and subversion. This is...
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 utilising shapes of hand grenades,...
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 be the modern day equivalent...
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 the piece that represents the...
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 which will premiere at Manchester...
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 every day. This pioneering project...
Benjamin Britten's DEATH IN VENICE - a new commentary

Benjamin Britten’s DEATH IN VENICE – a new commentary

Matthew has created a one off experimental response to Benjamin Brittens Opera ‘Death In Venice’ for the Deutsche Oper Berlin: DEATH IN VENICE is Benjamin Britten’s compositional legacy. In this adaptation of Thomas Mann’s eponymous novella, the English composer has penned a work comprising an old, wise view of 400 years of operatic history, the...
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 – Berlinale Goes Kiez 13:02:17...