Mat Muntz

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Mat Muntz is a composer, bassist, and improviser based in Brooklyn, NY. Mat’s work encompasses a wide range of musical idioms, from jazz and avant-garde improvisation to traditional music from India, East Asia, and the Balkans. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2016 and has performed across North America, Europe, and China, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Standard, Blue Note Beijing, and the Umbria Jazz Festival. His compositions have been premiered at The Shed and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York. A central aspect of Mat’s practice is the integration of traditional, experimental, and improvisational forms - most actively explored in his work with the collaborative ensemble The Vex Collection. Co-led with composer and percussionist Vicente Hansen, the ensemble has been commissioned by The Shed and Brooklyn Arts Council, and features traditional Korean, Scottish, and Croatian double-reeds alongside newly developed experimental wind instruments. In addition to double bass, Mat has studied primorski meh - a traditional Croatian bagpipe. Since 2019, Mat has been working to develop a new technical vocabulary for this instrument in order to draw on the full range of its unique pitch and timbral characteristics.

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