Primary Instrument: Clarinet
Matt Darriau, saxophonist, clarinettist, ethnic-woodwind specialist and composer, Darriau has made several innovative contributions to the New York music scene. His background in the fertile and eclectic milieu of the New England Conservatory of Music's Third Stream Program in the 80's, and the continued practice of Balkan, Klezmer and Celtic folk idioms, have helped shape his aesthetic and passion for creating new and unusual music. He has been awarded grants and commissions from the NEA, Chamber Music America (2005/7) and is a Grammy winner (2007) with the Klezmatics. Jazziz magizine selected him as one of the 150 most influential jazz musicians of the last fifteen years, for the impact he has had in bringing Balkan and world rhythms to jazz with his band Paradox Trio. He is active as composer-musician in his band, Ballin’ The Jack, Desastro Totale, Yo Lateef and also the Klezmatics. Darriau plays with Roberto Rodriguez Septet, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and his recently formed Recycled Waltz Orchestra. He has recorded and performed with Gunther Schuller, David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Ken Butler, Ben Folds 5 and many others on the NY scene. Paradox Trio has written and performed live music scores for the silent films Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein), Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel/Dali) and Isaac Babel’s Benya Krik.