hi i\'m matt, and thanks for visiting me...
i am a solo saxophonist living in cincinnati, ohio.
some people have asked, \"why do you play solo rather than play in a band?\" and the reason is that in playing alone, the beauty, simplicity, and freedom are just too good to pass up.
i do however play in two duo groups. i am the second half of the ambient duo \"barnett / baumann\" with guitarist eric barnett and the other member of \"upaj\" with tabla master jim feist.
while difficult to categorize, the music I play is more or less an ambient, open, and free kind of music that relies heavily on longer tones and folk-like melodies. in addition to an open sound, i do sometimes use more modern saxophone techniques like key clicks, breath effects, and multiphonics to help create more distance and echoes in the music.
the music i play is heavily influenced by places of desolation, deserts, sky, emptiness, and the great open spaces (both that i\'ve seen and those i long to see).
\"Last Days\" was recorded live at USUL in Mansfield, Ohio on May 31st, 2008, and contains live versions of some of my songs from the previous records, \"Drifter\" and \"Deserter\" and one as of yet unreleased song, \"Concrete is Nothing\".
Thank you all for reading and thank you so much more for listening...