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Darriau, Matt

Darriau, Matt, sax, clarinet, various woodwinds; b. Colorado Springs, CO, 21 February 1960. Matt grew up in Bloomington, Indiana in the fertile jazz education environment of Indiana University, where David Baker leads the jazz program. Went to New England Conservatory and lived and worked in Boston throughout the eighties (Founding member of Orange Then Blue, Smash the Windows and Les Miserables Brass Band). He has been in NYC since 1990 doing freelance, Klezmatics, Paradox Trio and film session work.

Matt Darriau is a multi-instrumentalist, reedperson and player of ethnic woodwinds. His long-standing commitment to jazz, Balkan, klezmer and Celtic idioms informs all his work. He is active as composer-musician in the big band Orange Then Blue, Les Miserables Brass Band, the Klezmatics and leads his own Balkan rhythm quartet Paradox Trio  (two CDs on the Knitting Factory Works label and numerous European tours).  He has written for dance and theater and received several N.E.A. and state grants and commissions, including a large work Off The Map composed for jazz orchestra featuring Andean, Balkan and klezmer musicians. Matt has performed with Charlie Haden, David Byrne, Gunther Schuller, Marc Ribot and a host of other new music artists in the New York area.

Contact information:
424 Caton Ave
Brooklyn, NY  11218
(718) 633-1946

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