'Veiled' an upcoming solo record to be released on Relative Pitch Records, will be Joanna's first solo record, and a deep exploration of the sound possibilities for the viola. Her improvisations include preparations, which alter the resonance of the instrument, masking its overtly singing and beautiful nature, and allowing for many unexpected and unusual textures.
Yet this music is an attempt to weave a melodic line through the unclear, the fog, the mist, the Veiled, and tap into an impulse that isn't defined by conventional musical language. These pursuits are highly influenced by the study of martial arts, alexander technique, yoga, and the mysteries of subtle energy and how it can be transformed into movement.
video by Anna Roberts-Gevalt
Duo with No Land
Poet/explorer and acolyte of Anne Waldman, No Land's visceral and circuitous text is paired with the ethereal and atmospheric sounds of altered viola, to bring sound painting into the darker primordial realms in a dialogue between text and sound.
This duo has played at La MaMa Galleria, Real Art Ways, Brackish, Spectrum, and upcoming performances in Baltimore's Rhizome, and at the New Experience concert series.
Live at MoMa PS1's ALLGOLD, September 6th, 2015
Video: Brooke Herr
Electronics: Jonah Rosenberg
Joanna Mattrey, viola
Leila Bordreuil, cello
Sean Ali, Bass
'Connections' is a multi-media installation that attempts to turn the performance space into a living realization of Stockhausen's score 'Verbindung' (trs. connections). We used the subdivided layout of the space to present different lenses through which to search for Connections within Stockhausen's text-based guidelines.
Electronic drones were layered with interviews and spatialized through out the rooms. Video projections interacted with tape players that were spread throughout the installation, and zines displayed visual realizations and explorations of the connective experience, all while three amplified performers played a durational-style three hour improvisation.
with Leila Bordreuil, cello and Sean Ali, bass
Freely improvised String Trio that explores unconventional sound worlds, natural resonant frequencies of the instruments, and calls upon extended techniques through the use of preparations and unorthodox playing styles.
The trio has performed at the Rubin Museum, Issue Project Room, MoMa PS1, H0L0, 49 Shade, Brackish, Home Audio, Rye Bar, JACK, 65 Fen, Real Art Ways, Trans-Pecos, Arts for Art, Boston's Advent Library, and recorded a radio segment on WKCR.
Upcoming album, 'i used to sing so lyrical' out on Astral Spirits Records this summer.