Matmos' approach is quickly pushing them to the center of the experimental music world. Straddling pop and serious electronica, they've toured and recorded with pop icon Bjork, performed in Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum of Art, given seminars at Harvard and worked with some of the top musicians in the classical world. They're collaborating with the Kronos Quartet and composer Terry Riley, the city of Verona commissioned a re-think of Verdi's "Aida" from them last summer, and they're now readying a new work for the prestigious Group de Recherches Musicales in Paris.
"It's fascinating, what they're doing," says David Harrington, founder and first violinist of the Kronos Quartet, who commissioned a piece from Matmos after hearing one of their early recordings. "They invent these incredibly beautiful, thought-provoking sounds, and bring them together in ways that seem totally unique and natural. And there's nothing precious about it; there's a kind of openness about their music that attracted me immediately."
The new album finds the dynamic duo taking a holiday from conceptual responsibility, skipping the outré sampling antics in favor of a light-hearted "cosmic-pop" record made entirely out of synthesizers. Expect the unexpected.
Opening for the duo is Offthesky, multi tasking interdisciplinary artist Jason Corder from Lexington, Kentucky. Presenting Phonograffiti, a portmanteau that describes an interactive artistic community performance project where the musician and public audience are able to interact together on an intimate level. It is an event where everyone is able to become a performer. Offthesky has invited local painters to take the stage, painting on canvas hooked up with contact microphones. The painting creates the sound for the musician to process via brush strokes or light tapping while painting on the canvas during the performance.
Celebrating 30 years of independent community radio, Communikey presents Matmos in honor of KGNU. Matmos will make a special appearance at KGNU performing live from the studio on Monday July 14th. A portion of proceeds from the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration show at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday July 15th will go to benefit the station. Doors are at 8:00pm and the show is all ages. Tickets can be purchased at www.BoulderTheater.com.
COMMUNIKEY PRESENTS: CMKY 19: MATMOS (Matador Records) with Offthesky (Live Installation)
TUESDAY JULY 15TH 2008
DOORS AT 8:00PM
2032 14TH STREET BOULDER COLORADO
TICKETS ONLINE: http://bouldertheater.com
PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT KGNU COMMUNITY RADIO 88.5FM