Mathew Jonson (CA)
Vancouver, B.C.'s own Mathew Jonson has built a solid reputation over the past few years through his participation in the Modern Deep Left Quartet, Cobblestone Jazz (which MUTEK welcomed in 2003) and with various other productions under his own name. His forays into jazz, house, fusion, techno and other forms of electronic-based music conjure up a youth filled with musical creativity and even naïve ingenuity. Formally trained in percussion at a young age, Mathew also had stints performing clarinet and classical piano. Through his father's interest in early electronic music and instruments, young Mathew discovered a new form of sound and musical composition, which he began to tamper with utilising keyboards, basic sequencers and sound modules. Only a few years later, he began experimenting with computer-based sequencing and sound-the programming of which was only a logical extension of his earlier infatuation with rudimentary analogue instruments. A visit to the monolithic Expo '86 in Vancouver, catapulted the youngster into a world of computer-based production and musical exploration. Since then, Mathew's deeply moody solo performances, combined with his impressive session playing in the Modern Deep Left Quartet and Cobblestone Jazz, has acknowledged the artist's temperament for masterful compositions, and riveting and intensely emotional musicianship. His solo productions for the Itiswhatitis label in Vancouver and collaborative recordings for Perlon, Arbutus, Definition, Minus, and Sub-static have brought him broad international attention and exposure, while his MUTEK appearance this year will offer a firsthand look at the understated modesty characterizing the deeply personal nature of his work. Prepare for a true demonstration of his artistry and his inspired personality.