The Sculpture Music project was formed in 2013, inspired by Matt's love of the Hang
- the steel instrument invented in 2002 in Switzerland.
Matt has been writing music and playing with various artists and projects since the late 70's - and was caught up in the Punk / Traveller movement and ethos.
It didnt take long for a turning point in his musical expression, and heavilly influenced by artists such as John Martyn and Roy Harper through to Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel, the late 80' and early 90's were a heady mix of acoustic funk and world flavours which included a season of dates in Ibiza in the 90's.
It was at the WOMAD Festival in 2002 that Matt first discovered the Hang,
while selling his wood sculpture next door to the 'Knock On Wood' stand,
who were the sole importers of the instruments at the time.
The rich sonics and truly unique character of the instrument have been a centre point of Matts writing since, from early trance / dance tracks through to recent work including instruments such as the Hammer Dulcimer and layered acoustic guitars.
The Sculpture Music pallet is emotive, with thick soundscapes and rich harmonies - both vocal and instrumental. Matts voice drifts from a thick drone to percussive textures, and the music is intricately detailed, hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured - influenced by the landscape of his home near the moors and South coast of Devon.
The first Sculpture Music EP - Minor Songs In Major Keys' was released in January 2013 with John Shaw on electric and double bass, and was quickly picked up by Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducings James Santer, who both featured much of the EP on their shows throughout the year. The Duo also supported Bjork percussionist Manu Delago while on his Homemade tour at this time.
This was followed by two Glastonbury Festival dates, and live sessions with BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Devon.
The follow up EP 'Beneath The Waves was released in 2015, joined again by John Shaw on bass, and was again picked up for airplay by BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing. The duo were awarded The Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Award in 2015, which resulted in another date at the festival, as well as the WOMAD Festival and a solo support slot for Public Service Broadcasting in Exeter.
2016 brought another Glastonbury date, as well as a slot at the Sidmouth Fringe Festival, with Lukas Drinkwater and Tom Rosenbloom guesting on Double Bass and Drums. Matt also spent the summer guesting with percussive guitarist Chris Woods, with the Chris Woods Groove Orchestra, alongside Harkiret Singh Bahra on Tabla and Lukas Drinkwater on double bass - playing at The Larmer Tree Festival, The London Acoustic Show, The Acoustic Festival Of Britain, and the Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions.
The next as yet unnamed release is currently being written and recorded.
Contact Matt by email HERE -