Freelance Performer, Composer, and Arranger
XO Artist Since: 2011
Music Genre(s): Classical, Fusion
Favorite Band(s): Ben Folds, Punch Brothers
Favorite Venue(s): Anywhere with a good audience!
Who are your strongest influences?: My Grandfather, Steve Martin, Chris Thile
Matthew Murchison is a musician. Keep reading for more details. Matthew enjoys a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and producer. Matthew has been called “one of the finest players of his (or any) generation.” He has also been called other things which should not be repeated here. Matthew was a member of River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA from 2002-2015 and was the principal solo euphonium for the last nine of those years. Matthew is a founding member of the River Bottom Quartet, whose debut CD “In Too Deep” was released in 2013. Matthew also founded The Matt Murchison Mutiny, a group committed to “music without boundaries and entertainment without pandering.” The group performs original works as well as a variety of music from Aaron Copland to Elvis Costello, from Regina Spektor to Broadway. As a brass musician Matthew plays euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. He is a published and commissioned composer and arranger. Matthew has served as producer for CD recordings and can be heard on solo, chamber, large ensemble, and rock band albums. He has also been hired to write jokes and perform as the emcee for concerts. Matthew has performed solo and chamber music concerts all across the United States, and has been pleased to be able to perform with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. In 2009, Matthew gave the premiere of his piece “Moonfall” with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. His solo performances with the River City Brass have been broadcast across the country through WQED Pittsburgh, where Matthew has been featured on “Performance in Pittsburgh.” Matthew is a regularly featured performer at regional, national, and international conferences and has served on adjudication panels for international composition and performance competitions. As a member of the award-winning River Bottom Quartet, Matthew has performed as the opening act for the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Matthew’s interest in a variety of music means that he’s performed in bars, concert halls, and for tens-of –thousands of slightly buzzed onlookers as part of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Cimarron Music Press and Potenza Music publish some of Matthew’s original compositions for euphonium, while others may be obtained only after completing a series of magical quests. Matthew self-publishes some of his work though his Bandcamp website. Recent performances of his works have taken place across the US as well as in Japan and Portugal. He released his solo CD entitled “Everyone But Me” in 2003 on his own Mulholland Records and Music label. Matthew performs exclusively on the XO euphonium. www.matthewmurchison.bandcamp.com www.mattmurchisonmutiny.com www.youtube.com/murchtv www.youtube.com/thomasasjts