Matt Bauder

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Saxophone, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Clarinet
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Matt Bauder is a distinguished saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and side-man.  Critics say he “has a gift for isolating a musical language, mastering it and then introducing a personalizing twist” (Downbeat, 2011). His “strategic output combines ferocious improvisational activities that rattle the senses with compositions and movements that could soothe the savage beast” (All About Jazz, 2014).

Bauder currently leads Day in Pictures and Hearing Things. The former is a classic jazz quintet; the latter is a foot-stomping organ trio. As a sideman, he thrives in many musical worlds from Arcade FireIron & Wine and the Sway Machinery to Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra and Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Quintet. He has collaborated for more than a decade with Aaron Siegel and Zach Wallace, making three albums of improvised soundscapes as Memorize the Sky.  Bauder’s many collaborations with multidisciplinary artist Aki Sasamoto have been presented at The Whitney, The Kitchen and The Chocolate Factory Theater. 

Bauder’s roots are in Jazz, nurtured in college by the tutelage of Detroit bebop guru Donald Walden. However further studies in experimental composition and sound installation with Anthony BraxtonAlvin Lucier and Ron Quivila set the stage for his evolving artistic fervor.

While a member of Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra he played alongside some of avant garde Jazz’s most legendary figures including Bill DixonRoscoe Mitchell, and Fred Anderson.  In his 10 plus years in Brooklyn he has performed with a cross section of forward-thinking peers, and has toured throughout North and South America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia.

Recent awards include a 2014 Downbeat’s Critic’s poll entry for rising star saxophonist and a 2011 Music OMI musician residency. His recorded output as a leader/collaborator has been thoughtfully curated and has received near unanimous critical praise. As a sideman his discography is diverse and expansive.

I have taught ages 8 through 80. I am extremely open and sensitive to an individual's needs and interests. I could spend months or even years on fundamentals alone if that excites a student. However  lessons about the creative process and artistic output are equally as compelling and natural to me. In the end most students will want a balance of techinque and inspiration and I help find that balance rather than coming to students with a pre-structured agenda. Because of my diverse professonal experiences playing on major concert tours as well as in  experimental and jazz contexts, I offer expertise to a wide range of students and can always find common ground.

I work from many publications on woodwind technique, composition and improvisation including - The Art of Saxophone Playing (Larry Teal), Top Tones for Saxophone (Sigurd Rascher), Findings (Steve Lacy), Jazz Phrasing and Interpretation (Jimmy Giuffre), Improvisation (Derick Baily), Celebrated Method for the Clarinet (H. Klosé), Modern Daily Studies for the Clarinet (Kalmen Opperman). I also draw on a huge library of recordings (jazz, rock n' roll, surf, classical, experimental, you name it)  as study materials.