violist, composer, sound artist
photo by TJ Huff
Joanna Mattrey is a NYC violist and composer 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.
As a 2021 ISSUE project room artist-in-residence, she presented her new works THRUM, a staged film performance piece with poet No Land, POV: Simulation, a synesthesia collaboration with physicist Dr. Graham Walker, and New Compositions for Improvisor, a performance of 5 world premieres written for Mattrey's unique playing style, featuring works by Nick Dunston, Leila Bordreuil, Lucie Vitkova, Weasel Walter, an a new piece for improvisor and installation by Mattrey.
Recent releases include Mattrey's second solo record 'Dirge' (Dear Life Recs, 2021), featured in the Wire's Under the Radar, Bandcamp's New and Notable, and Bandcamp Daily's 'Contemporary Recordings on Historical Instruments.'
'Death in the Guilded Age' with Ava Mendoza, gabby fluke-mogul, and Matteo Liberatore (Tripticks Tapes, 2021) 'Oracle' duo with gabby fluke-mogul (Relative Pitch Records, 2022).
Additional upcoming records include a duo with Elliott Sharpe (zOaR records, 2022), Mattrey's third and fourth solo records, (Relative Pitch Records, Notice Recordings, 2022), Anna Webber's Idiom (Pi Recordings, 2022), Caroline Davis's Portals (Sunnyside)
Notable collaborations this year include Tyshawn Sorey, Billy Martin, William Parker, Miya Masaoka, Kathleen Supove, Anthony Coleman, Matt Mitchell, Morgan Guerin, Miriam Parker.
Mattrey is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, alumni of Banff Composer Collective Residency, Wild Project Residency, 14th Street Y Residency. Mattrey is also a certified Alexander Technique Teacher, and certified Hatha and Kundalini Yoga Teacher.