compositions and arrangements for the modern big band
Mathew is a composer and trumpet teacher in the Seattle area. He spent three years as a high school band director where he not only continued to refine his teaching philosophy, but also gained a greater appreciation for composers who were able to write quality music at a technical level that is approachable by high school students. This has become Mathew's goal for his compositions: to provide new, original sounds for jazz band that are of high musical quality and approachable for high school bands.
Before being a band director, Mathew earned his Bachelor's degree in jazz studies from the University of Washington, his Master's in trumpet performance from the University of Idaho and spent time on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Saxophonist and composer Greg Sinibaldi has established himself as one of Seattle’s most inventive musicians, embracing a diverse musical world. Whether he’s performing with his groups Goat or Burn List, playing in the metal band Uncle Pooch, or composing new chamber music, he brings forth a characteristic and unique performance each time he plays. Inspired by a wide range of music and art, Greg has developed a unique improvisational language, developing a virtuosic and rich sonic palette.
Inspired by collaborations with many musical innovators Greg has worked and performed with Gunther Schuller, Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Ryan Ferreira, Robert Dick, Amy Denio, Dave Douglas, Matt Moran, Rueben Radding, Jesse Canterbury and many others. Always the musical seeker, he has toured with a wide range of bands and can be heard on numerous recordings including Frieze of Life’s Nuclear Frog Pond, Uncle Pooch’s Oneirophrenia, Goat’s Special Agent, and Burn List the debut recording from the band Burn List. His most recent release is a duo project with clarinetist Jesse Canterbury and was recorded in a 45 million gallon cistern. The album, Ascendant, is a testament to the creative and seeking nature of Greg’s work.
Greg has been the recipient of many grants and awards from the Puffin Foundation, Jack Straw Foundation, Centrum, 4Culture, Earshot Jazz and The City of Seattle. He has also been Artist in Residence at the Banff Center in Banff, Canada, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and Centrum. He studied at the New England Conservatory working with a wide range of artists, including George Garzone, Jimmy Guiffre, and Joe Maneri. He recently obtained a Masters degree in Jazz and Improvised Music at the University of Washington where he studied composition and electronic music with Richard Karpen. Currently, he is an Artist in Residence in the School of Music at the University of Washington.
David Larsen is a composer, saxophonist and educator. As a composer he has worked with many artists including Tamir Hendelman and Halie Loren, and his music has been performed by groups around the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Several of his arrangements can be heard on the album "It’s a Spokane Christmas" by the Hot Club of Spokane.
As a soloist, David has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists. He is featured on internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren’s album, "Butterfly Blue" (2015). David’s latest solo album, "One of a Kind", with Pianist Danny McCollim, Bassist Scott Steed, and Drummer Brendon McMurphy, was released in 2017. David has also been a guest conductor and adjudicator at a variety of music festivals around the Northwest. He is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington.