Matt Schickele is a Queens-based composer and songwriter. His concert music has been performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, among many others.
Schickele has had his chamber music presented in concerts by the 5ive Boroughs Music Festival, and Barbès New Music Sundays. As a songwriter, his numerous releases include The Badger Game, April/November, and Cities Filled With Lights. He also writes for and plays with the M Shanghai String Band, an acoustic old-time-music outfit. He is a graduate of Bard College, where he studied composition with Joan Tower.
Schickele’s chamber opera, Marymere, had its concert premiere in Jackson, Wyoming and has since been performed at Flushing Town Hall and the Mannes School of Music. The opera, which juxtaposes classical and folk music, tells the true story of two upper class Easterners who homesteaded in Wyoming at the turn of the last century.
In his Swing Space residency, Schickele is developing an experimental recording project called Howevertown, which is a combination of composition, improvisation, and sampling.
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