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Consortium Commission for Saxophone/Percussion

The Weiss/Soflin Duo are organizing a consortium commission of a new Matthew Burtner piece for saxophone and percussion.  Percussion is the instrument Burtner has  written for the most, and saxophone is the instrument he play. This will be the first piece composed specifically for the two instruments together. The consortium commission offers opportunities for musicians to […]

Music for Climate Science at NASA

On January 24 at NASA’s Goddard Space Center, Matthew Burtner will present “Music for Climate Science”, in which he will share his discoveries merging atmospheric, hydrologicic, land and sea ice, and ocean system data with harmonic, rhythmic and melodic musical systems in works such as “Auksalaq”, “Threnody (Sikugivik)” and “Ice Cycle”. He will discuss how […]

“Festival of Whispers” premiere at the SoundON Festival of Modern Music

“Festival of Whispers” (2017), a new work commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in honor of the 20th anniversary collaboration with San Diego New Music and the 10th anniversary of SoundOn Festival, opened in January, 2017. The work includes a multichannel sound installation and a concert work for ensemble and electronics. Listeners hear […]

“Music From the Glaciers” on With Good Reason

“Matthew Burtner spent much of his childhood near glaciers in Alaska. Now he is creating music from the sounds of the melting glaciers to raise awareness of climate change.” The host of “With Good Reason”, Sarah McConnell, interviewed me and played some of my music on this beautiful show produced by Elliot Majerczyk. The series […]

Ice Cycle at the Polar Rhythms Festival in New York

  Jody Sperling, Time Lapse Dance and Matthew Burtner’s “Ice Cycle” were featured in a run of performances in New York at the University Settlement for the 2016 Polar Rhythms Festival. Thursday, June 2 at 8pm – Performance, followed by talkback with Burtner and Sperling. Friday, June 3 at 8pm – Performance, followed by panel […]

music for President Obama’s US State Department GLACIER Conference

Matthew Burtner’s music was featured by the US State Department at the GLACIER Conference, a part of President Obama’s initiative on Climate Change in Alaska. The compositions “Fern,” “Spectral Arctic Ice Triangulations” and “Ice Cycle: Formation” were played during the events for Obama and other leaders of the Arctic nations. The Obama State Department commissioned […]

new ecoacoustic works for percussion and electronics

The start of winter has brought a flurry of performances of my ecoacoustic percussion music and I am excited to be working with incredible musicians on these projects. I spent the last year writing new solo works including  Sonic Physiography of a Time-Stretched Glacier for Brandon Bell, Glisten of Places for Jeremy Muller, and Ecotones for Garrett […]

Grant Awarded for Sonic Architecture Research Between Venice and Virginia

Composer, Matthew Burtner and Architect, Anselmo Canfora were awarded  a $30,000 research grant for their project, “Sound Cast of San Giorgio Maggiore
: Expressions in Sonic Architecture from Palladio and Jefferson”. The Grant was Presented by the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia. The team traveled to Venice to make recordings at select sites.  Sketches […]

“Auksalaq” receives American Prize Special Judges Citation

The multimedia opera Auksalaq by composer MATTHEW BURTNER and media artist SCOTT DEAL has received a Special Judges’ Citation from The American Prize 2014, in the professional theater works division, for “Extraordinary Use of Technology to Expand the Boundaries of Performance”. “Auksalaq” was selected from works reviewed this summer from all across the United States. […]

Composer Residencies at the University of Michigan and Duke University

This fall Matthew Burtner will be Composer in Residence at the University of Michigan and Duke University. As part of the residencies he will perform a recital in Ann Arbor on 11/22/14 featuring music of his graduate students. He will also present a new talk called “1994-2014: 20 Years of Computer Noise in Retrospect” in […]