Born: 1975 Primary Instrument: Piano
Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He has lived in Philadelphia since 1999 and performs regularly in New York City, throughout the United States and around the world. Ensembles he leads or co-leads include the Matt Mitchell Trio with Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss, the duo Fourth Floor with Dan Weiss, a duo with Ches Smith, Normal Remarkable Persons with Tim Berne, Herb Robertson, Travis Laplante and Tyshawn Sorey, and Central Chain with Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Mary Halvorson, John Hebert, and Tomas Fujiwara. He is a member of Tim Berne's Snake Oil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet + 1, John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble, the Darius Jones Quartet, Michael Attias' Spun Tree, and Quinsin Nachoff's Flux. Musicians with whom he performs and has performed include Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green's Apex, Rez Abbasi's Invocation, Kenny Wheeler, Marc Ducret, David Torn, Ben Perowsky, Dave King, Dave Binney, Jim Black, Shane Endsley, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Andrew D'Angelo, Tarus Mateen, Todd Sickafoose, Miles Okazaki, Jamie Baum, Ben Gerstein, Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Bobby Zankel, John Swana, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. He has released several albums on Scrapple Records, is also active as an educator, most visibly with the Brooklyn, NY based Center for Improvisational Music, and is a 2012 recipient of a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.