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Matthew Sumera

Matthew Sumera's writings have appeard in One Final Note, Modern Drummer, and Trouser Press.

About Me

I perform and write about jazz and improvisational music. I am primarily interested in post bop experimentations, specifically located within transnational contexts and encompassing the genres of free jazz, free improv, electronic, aleatory, and experimental music. I'm also interested in the broader circulations of these musics within the popular unpopular (including post-rock, punk, Noise, death metal, industrial, hip hop, etc.) and how musicians, critics, and audiences think through these kinds of musical border crossings. In addition to my journalism work, I'm a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology working on the above as well as topics including music and war, the legacy of punk, American murder ballads, and gender and music.

My Favorites

  1. Don Cherry - Mu (Parts One and Two)
  2. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch
  3. John Coltrane - Interstellar Space
  4. Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
  5. Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
  6. Paul Motian - Trioism
  7. Pere Ubu - Terminal Tower
  8. Tomasz Stanko - Leosia
  9. Cecil Taylor - Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has Come
  10. Anton Webern - Complete Works, Opp. 1-31 (Conducted by Boulez)
  11. Wire - Pink Flag
  12. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
  13. Slayer - Reign in Blood