The first solo record for NY violist Joanna Mattrey, performing also on the Stroh violin, in a deep exploration of the sound possibilities for both instruments, using preparations to alter the resonance of the viola, masking its overtly singing and beautiful nature and allowing for unexpected and unusual textures which weave around melodic lines; unique and fascinating.
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Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1095
Squidco Product Code: 28786
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at GSI Studios, on April 20th, 2019 by Jason Rostkowsjki and Nathaniel Morga.
Joanna Mattrey-viola, Stroh violin
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"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 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."-Joanna Mattrey Website (https://www.joannamattrey.com/)
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1. Ferver 4:00
2. So Close To The Surface 2:22
3. Stroh 5:38
4. Waza 2:29
5. Shackled 1:06
6. A Mouthful Of Dirt 2:08
7. Come To Bury To Exhume 4:23
8. Grey Eyes 1:28
9. Grey Eyes 2:46
10. Descant 7:36
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"Veiled is Joanna Mattrey'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."
"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."-Relative Pitch
"The Stroh violin or Stroviol is a type of stringed musical instrument that is mechanically amplified by a metal resonator and horn attached to its body. The name Stroviol refers to a violin, but other instruments have been modified with the amplification device, including the viola, cello, double bass, ukulele, mandolin, and guitar. John Matthias Augustus Stroh, an electrical engineer in London, invented the instrument in 1899."-Wikipedia
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