Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015
New York, NY
Matt Mitchell works at the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised music. Aside from serving as leader/co-leader of Matt Mitchell Quartet, Normal Remarkable Persons, Fourth Floor, and Snark Horse, he is widely sought-after as a sideman, navigating complicated compositional forms with ease while providing accompaniment that pushes soloists in surprising directions in the bands of Tim Berne and Dave Douglas, among others. His debut album, Fiction (Pi, 2013), collects 15 duets with percussionist Ches Smith that defy the limits of improvised piano technique, highlighting radical independence between hands while including layered rhythmic schemes. A Pew Fellowship recipient (2012), he has taught at NYC’s School for Improvisational Music, as well as at The New School and New York University. His first quartet album, Vista Accumulation (Pi), will be released in October 2015. He can be most recently heard on Snakeoil’s You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM, 2015) and will be in residence at The Stone in NYC in March 2016.