Matt Brubeck is a composer/performer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Classically trained, with a Master's in cello performance from Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories. He also plays piano and bass.
Presently residing near Toronto, Matt performs with a wide range of jazz and improvising artists. Current projects include Brubeck Braid, a duo with pianist David Braid. Brubeck Braid's critcally acclaimed CD, Twotet/Deuxtet (2007) was recently nominated for a JUNO award as well as a National Jazz award. Matt also plays with Ugly Beauties,a trio with pianist Marilyn Lerner and drummer Nick Fraser; and Tallboys, a trio with guitarist Kevin Breit and percussionist Jesse Stewart. Matt and his father, Dave, are also collaborating on a project with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Brubeck Braid and Tallboys made appearances at various Canadian Jazz Festivals in the summer of 2007. In 2008 Brubeck Braid will be touring China and Ugly Beauties will be recording their first CD on the Ambience Magnetique label.
During his many years in San Francisco, Matt collaborated with many musicians, including Ben Goldberg, Carla Kihlstedt, Scott Amendola Gino Robair, Myles Boisen, John Schott, and Pamela Z. He founded Oranj Symphonette, which recorded two CD's for Rykodisc and went on to play many of the major jazz festivals, from Monterey to Montreal.
In the pop/rock world, his eclectic adventures include touring with the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls, as well as performing and/or recording with Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie MacMaster, Tracy Chapman and others.
In September of 2005 The LAB Gallery in San Francisco premiered Wunderkabinet, an experimental multi-media opera co-composed by Matt and composer/performer Pamela Z, in collaboration with media artist Christina McPhee. The opera and was presented again at the CalArts Theatre in Los Angeles during October, 2006. Wunderkabinet received it's Canadian premiere in April of 2007 at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario.
Matt worked for several years as composer and cellist/bassist with the San Francisco based Club Foot Orchestra, contributing to critically acclaimed scores for film and television. Alongside all his other musical endeavors, Matt continued to play classical cello and was a member of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1989-2003. Under the adventurous direction of Maestro Kent Nagano, Matt enjoyed performing the traditional repertoire, as well as the works of many new music composers.
Matt is on faculty in the Department of Music at York University in Toronto, where he leads various ensembles, and teaches cello, improvisation and jazz strings. He is also a guest instructor (improvisation) for Shauna Rolston's cello master class at the University of Toronto. (And yes, Matt is the tallest son of Dave.)