"He is a composer and pianist born in Toronto, Canada, in 1964.
His name is Matthew Davidson and he now lives in Elgin, Illinois,
where he teaches piano privately. He studied at Victoria University
of Wellington (New Zealand), at the universities of Toronto and [Illinois
at] Urbana-Champaign, and, as if following a script, he is moving
determinedly through the crowded world of new music, writing and producing
chamber pieces, orchestral music, improvisational works, electronic
music, pieces for the theatre, musical comedies, etc.
"His new CD was released a few months ago, but for the international
(and [Italian]) press, it doesn't exist. No reviews. Not a brief report.
No announcement in the recording news; nothing. Absolutely nothing.
And yet Anthony Braxton has no doubt: "Matthew Davidson? Revolutionary."
It's hard to disagree with one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable
". . . STOLEN MUSIC is really a fantastic mix of languages and
an extraordinary and fascinating journey among the musical cultures
of every corner of the globe. The references and citations start with
ragtime . . . and finish with magnetic tape--three pieces. Among other
elements are: blues, gospel, melodies of Mahler and Bach, harmonies
borrowed from Karlheinz Stockhausen, Anton Webern, Lennie Tristano,
[and] Thelonious Monk, and rereadings and transcriptions of folk music
(Bulgarian, Spanish, American, Afghan, Pygmy, etc.) issued on labels
like Folkways, New World, Kiwi-Pacific, etc. Matthew Davidson is also
an excellent performer, and in "A Piano Suite for Children"
he demonstrates this amply.
"The CD has nine tracks [sic]. The other busy musicians are
Alissa Eels (piano), Lisa Goethe (flute), Taimur Sullivan (sax), and
Christie Vohs (clarinet). In short, the CD presents an inquiry that
is simultaneously complex and communicative, very original, and with
a well-defined identity. [Davidson is] a young composer who merits
attention in the world of new music. How many works of this sort are