Matthew Steckler (aka Matty Stecks) performs and composes in several musical settings internationally. Primarily a saxophonist/woodwind specialist, he also performs on vocals, keyboards, percussion and electronic media, bringing a dynamic, holistic approach to the live musical experience.
As an artist, Matthew has appeared at prominent festivals and concert series, and has received commissions from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, American Music Center and American Composers Forum.
His recordings with projects Dead Cat Bounce, Persiflage and Musical Tramps – on Ropeadope, Cuneiform and Innova labels – have made Best CD lists in Downbeat and Jazz Times.
Matthew has written for concert music, theatre, film and game settings, and continues his own foundational work in embodied composition and electroacoustics that began with his 2013 research-based, extended work Eco Beat Heresy.
He most recently taught at Brandon University School of Music. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Composition (NYU) and M.M. in Jazz Performance (New England Conservatory), and a B.A. in Music (Wesleyan University).
We talked about:
- His transition from playing by ear to reading & playing at the same time
- How his marching band playing experience shaped him as a saxophonist
- The origin of Death Cat Bounce
- His transition from playing experimental into bebop
- Electro acoustics & multimedia
- And a lot more!
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I guess I am binge listening to these podcasts! This is my 2nd one today. From the interview, I was thinking I wouldn’t care for his music since I like more straight-ahead jazz, but I checked it out online/gave it a chance. While not in my usual wheelhouse, I actually enjoyed much of it due to all tones and colors he employs. Plus he mentioned a lot of artists that were/are familiar to me here in Connecticut. Just proves that keeping the ears open can bring some nice surprises.
I am so glad you are loving these episodes, Laura! This is why I do this.
And…I am exposing you to all different types of musicians who play all styles, which gets the creative juices flowing 🙂