Matthew Schickele

composer / songwriter



Comfortable across genres, Schickele writes chamber music, vocal music, songs, and electronic music for ensembles, bands, and the stage. His chamber music has been performed at venues across the country and internationally. Recent premieres include the sextet Linden's Song, for ensemble mise-en, and Lamplight for singing cellist and drone, performed by HOWL at National Sawdust.


A science lover, some of his most popular works are based on texts by historic or contemporary scientists, NASA, or journalists. He was principal composer for the recent sold-out run of Science Fair, an opera with experiments in NYC, which Time Out called "Pure, effervescent pleasure."


Of a commission from Dawn Upshaw for her students, The New York Times said "The most striking was Matthew Schickele’s Since 1500, a quartet for unaccompanied sopranos... a harmonically rich, polyphonic web." His chamber opera Marymere, based on the true story of an eccentric Wyoming homesteader, is scored for a mixture of classical and folk musicians, and has had concert productions in both Wyoming and New York.


His latest recording, the EP The Arcade of Lost Games for electronics and field recordings, imagines the soundscapes of fictional video games. As a songwriter his numerous releases include The Badger Game, April/November, and Cities Filled With Lights. He was a cofounder of the acoustic band M Shanghai and, in the '90s, the indie rock group Beekeeper. He is a graduate of Bard College, where he studied composition with Joan Tower.



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