composer / songwriter
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Matthew Schickele writes music and words.
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 and Lamplight for singing cellist and drone. Currently on exhibit in New York City is a collaboration with the artist Jane Benson, The Rings of Saturn, a series of multimedia works.
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 Extraordinary Ordinary Lives of Atheists, collages interviews with everyday non-believers with acoustic and electronic music. 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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