Matt Brubeck is a composer/performer specializing in improvisation on the cello. He also plays piano and bass. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories.
“Matt Brubeck's facility with the instrument, bowing or plucking, seems to allow him to play whatever occurs to him. His full, deep sound takes on an edge of dramatic urgency when he improvises with the bow….” Jazz writer Doug Ramsey
Presently living 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 released its first CD, twotet/deuxtet, in 2007 to critical acclaim. Recently it was nominated for both Juno and National Jazz awards. Matt also plays with Ugly Beauties, a trio with pianist Marilyn Lerner and drummer Nick Fraser; Tallboys, a trio with multi-instrumentalist Kevin Breit and percussionist Jesse Stewart; as well as the newly formed Toronto Quartet, with percussionist Harris Eisenstadt, baritone saxophonist David Mott, and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck. Brubeck Braid and Tallboys made appearances at various Canadian Jazz Festivals in the summer of 2007. In 2008 Brubeck Braid will be touring China; Ugly Beauties will be recording their first CD (on Montreal’s Ambience Magnetique label); Tallboys will be growing taller; and the Toronto Quartet has plans to travel across Canada with the treble clef notably absent.
Brubeck's Huevos Verdes y Jamon has a Hispano-Caribbean lilt worthy of Sonny Rollins or Chick Corea, Braid's Mnemosyne's March Brahmsian gravity and beauty of line.
Doug Ramsey, Rifftides
In all, this recording is well-produced and performed with supreme confidence. But the most enduring quality of the music is its uncommon marriage of styles which are blended seamlessly in the masters' hands.
Scene Magazine (UK)
Their accomplishments here and elsewhere make the listener forget that jazz piano-cello combinations are seriously rare...this gifted pair delivers new music that glows with clarity and depth...
Geoff Chapman, CODA