Matthew Golombisky - Bass, Composition, Electronics

Current Projects:

Currently, I am working with Via Tania (a singer/songwriter from Australia).  I've composed music for my Tomorrow Music Orchestra to be her "backing band" on her new record.  I'm also excited to be working with talented multi-artist Maryella Shelton-Dyson on an improvisatory form of live art/music where we create a cycle of influence from one another to then inspire the other to create, thereby creating a loop of creativity, spontaneity and visual/aural art.  

Matthew’s Teaching Philosophy:

One of my biggest goals is to teach a new or current student to love what they already love: music. I don't think there's any reason why a student can't experience music in an even more enjoyable context just because they begin to formally study it.  When teaching, I try to entice my students into creative thinking and exploring, while also executing fluid technique, historical knowledge (without necessarily requiring students to follow suit), and "open ears" (listening to themselves and everything around them).

Some Music I’ve Been Checking Out:

Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine 1964; Miles Smiles

Jim Hall & Ron Carter – Alone Together

Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come 

Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch

Arvo Pärt – Fratres

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About Matthew:

Matthew Golombisky is an active bassist, composer, conductor, improviser, arranger, orchestrator, educator, sound designer, stage manager (Pitchfork Music Festival, Hideout Block Party), roadie (The Swell Season; Peter, Bjørn & John), radio DJ/producer (WNUR 89.3FM), organizer and presenter.

Matthew has lived and been active in music, festival, and film scenes across the USA and has toured with bands within the USA and Europe. He also directs the community collective slash record label known as "ears&eyes Records" and curated an annual music/arts/film festival under the same name in Chicago.

His undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville led to a B.A. in Jazz Studies/Bass Performance and graduate studies to a M.M. in Composition from the University of New Orleans after a brief stint at Northwestern University after Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans in August 2005. He continues to dedicate much energy to presenting wonderful, original and creative music through several groups including his 30-piece jazz/classical/rock ensemble, Tomorrow Music Orchestra. He also performs with electric jazz-rock quintet: Zing!, acoustic free improv trio: Pedway, drums and bass rock out punk jazz duo: GKduo with long time collaborator, Quin Kirchner, and jazz septet led by trombonists Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert, Lucky 7s. He is working on a concerto for/with bassist Larry Grenadier, to be performed by his Tomorrow Music Orchestra. In 2011, he teamed up with Chris Teal and IfCM in Rochester NY and launched an education, audience, and community-based version of Tomorrow Music Orchestra.  

Matthew's discography includes over 40 recordings featuring his performance, compositions, conducting, film scores, and/or producing.  

He has taught performance, improvisation, composition, recording techniques and music marketing to children and adults for more than 15 years in schools and colleges across the nation.  Most recently, he has teamed up with like-minded musicians and educators, and started a not-your-typical music and arts community center in Oakland CA to promote experiencing and learning performing arts, as something relevant and exciting, called Mynah Music Studios.