“The ensemble’s border-busting music is original and catchy. . . Blarvuster is worth sticking around for.” – The New York Times
Blarvuster, a unique hybrid ensemble dedicated to Matthew’s compositions, was formed in Brooklyn New York City in 2002. Blarvuster has performed at notable venues and festivals including: National Sawdust (NYC), Celtic Connections (Glasgow), The Stone (NYC), Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, EMPAC, Western Front (Vancouver), Switchboard Festival (SF 2014), The Kitchen (NYC), Tonic, Issue Project Room, Zebulon, MOMA, Galapagos and CBGB’s.
Blarvuster has performed for audiences of all walks: listeners of Classical, Rock, Jazz, Experimental, Celtic and World Music have all found something inspiring in it. The ensemble is flexible and capable of playing to Matthew’s wide range of musical activities, studies and tastes. From pop tunes, to long form minimalist grooves flourished with improvisation to evening-length operas, Blarvuster’s unique line-up and infectious repertoire make its sound like no other. The ensemble’s debut eponymous Album Blarvuster appeared on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records in 2010, with a follow up record, The Finger Lock, released on Kotekan Records in 2018
Blarvuster is also a vehicle in which Matthew performs along with others in guiding the execution of the music as band leader, lead instrumentalist and conductor. In the infectiously ecstatic fervor of Blarvuster’s music, Scottish bagpipes, Balinese gamelan, minimalism, improvisation and rock converge in a textural labyrinth of sound.