Joanna Mattrey

     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's second upcoming album (Relative Pitch, 2021) is a collection of commissioned solo pieces written by Nick Dunston, Leila Bordreuil, Weasel Walter, Lucie Vitkova, Steven Long and more to bring compositions by improvisors into the realm of new music. 

Releases this year include: 

'Veiled' Relative Pitch Records, 2020 debut solo album


'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

"ANONYM" by ANONYM with Simon Hanes, Sami Stevens, Evan Allen

'Ancient Enemies' with Carlo Costa and Nathaniel Morgan on Neither/Nor Records


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, National Sawdust, The Fisher Center, Issue Project Room, The Stone, Joe's Pub, LPR, and has played at SxSW, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the NYC Winter Jazz Fest, *Lima Jazz Fest (pending due to covid)

photo by TJ Huff