violist, sound artist
Joanna Mattrey is a violist active in both the new music and free improvisation communities who's playing often incorporates textural gestures, preparations, and electronic alterations. She is searching for moments of ceremony and ritual in a modern soundscape.
Mattrey has played with such luminaries as Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, Mary Halvorson, John Zorn, Erik Friedlander, Nick Dunston and others among New York City's Downtown scene.
Her projects are incorporative of many styles which have brought her to various venues including the Whitney Museum, the Rubin Museum, MoMa’s PS1, Carnegie Hall, Roulette, Boston's MFA, The Stone, Joe's Pub, LPR, and has played at SxSW, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the NYC Winter Jazz Fest.
Mattrey has commissioned solo pieces from Nick Dunston (Vijay Iyar), Weasel Walter (Lydia Lunch), Lucie Vitkova and more to bring her improvising sensibilities to the new music world.
Releases this year include:
'Veiled' a solo project for Relative Pitch Records
'i used to sing so lyrical' by string trio with Leila Bordreuil and Sean Ali for Astral Spirits Records
'La Fine del Futoro' by Tredici Bacci for NNA Tapes
'Ancient Enemies' with Carlo Costa and Nathaniel Morgan on Neither/Nor Records