Matt Turner

  • Matt Turner is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading improvising cellists. Equally skilled as a pianist, Turner performs in myriad of styles and has shared the stage with Cape Breton fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster, avant-garde musicians Marilyn Crispell, Peter Kowald, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Fields, and John Butcher, country musician Wanda Vick, singer-songwriter LJ Booth, and jazz musician Bobby McFerrin to name a few and has performed in Canada, Europe and Asia. He appears on over 100 recordings on Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Nato /Hope Street, Ayler, Illusions, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz and others and has recorded with jazz violinist Randy Sabien, goth vocalist/pianist Jo Gabriel, singer-songwriters Mark Croft and Tret Fure, punk artist Kyle Fischer, Kitty Brazelton’s chamber rockestra Dadadah, alt-country band Heller Mason and with the Pointless Orchestra. Turner completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University and his Master of Music degree in Third Stream Studies (now the Contemporary Improvisation program) at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen and Joe Maneri, and where he was the recipient of a Distinction in Performance Award. Turner teaches improvisation at Lawrence University and at the Renaissance School for the Arts. As a leader, Turner’s recordings appear on Illusions, Stellar, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Penumbra, Fever Pitch, Geode, Tautology, and Meniscus Records. His music is published by Carl Fischer, Alfred Music, Latham, and Alliance. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist and currently performs and records with Bill Carrothers, Randy Sabien, and with the Jean-Marc Foltz Trio.


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    Orchestra
    YAS117 Blue Skies and Bright Stars YAS117 3:02 String Orchestra
    YAS116 Chicken Foot Transplant YAS116 3:06 String Orchestra
    FAS45 Cruisin’ FAS45 String Orchestra
    YAS67 Eastside Boogaloo YAS67 String Orchestra
    CAS74 Funky, Funky, Funky CAS74 2:49 String Orchestra
    YAS132 If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It YAS132 3:08 String Orchestra
    CAS85 Lucky Seven CAS85 String Orchestra
    YAS97 Prairie Waltz YAS97 3:31 String Orchestra
    YAS50 Scalin’ Back YAS50 String Orchestra
    CAS100 The Seafaring Swashbuckler CAS100 :3:12 String Orchestra
    YAS141 Shake Rag Alley YAS141 String Orchestra
    FAS59 Shuffleupagus FAS59 String Orchestra
    YAS80 Spy vs. Spy YAS80 String Orchestra
    YAS109 Star Lake YAS109 String Orchestra
    YAS58 Tango Expressivo YAS58 String Orchestra
    FAS44 You Rock! FAS44 String Orchestra
    YAS107 Zydeco Zephyr YAS107 String Orchestra

  • Matt Turner: Blue Skies and Bright Stars

    The C-major lyrical melody, with some low ones and extensions, flows well from beginning to end, peppered with light staccato and syncopated duplet dotted-quarter notes versus three-quarter-note counter rhythms. All sections take turns with the melody. The sample improvisation is in first violin, but any instrument could be highlighted here, creating their own improvisation…

    –Tamara Mason, ASTA Journal

    Matt Turner: If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It

    Cellist Turner combines elements of Baroque and rock-and-roll to create an energetic, driving piece for intermediate strings, and effective closing number…Working adroitly within a popular style, Turner expertly balances immediate appeal with educational substance.

    –Mark Laycock, ASTA Journal

    Matt Turner: Tiptoe Polka

    Pizzicato can easily rush; students are challenged to maintain a steady tempo. This piece offers an excellent opportunity for students to discuss presence of folk melodies in Western music literature, or compare other all-pizzicato pieces (like the Scherzo in Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony) with this one. No group gets stuck with the “boom-chuck” accompaniment for too long; melodic material is shared among all sections.

    –Matthew Wright, ASTA Journal

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