Matthew Starling

BM, University of Utah, Instrumental Music Education
MS, IUPUI Indianapolis, Music Technology

 

Biography

Matt Starling is a multifaceted musician who possesses experience as a composer, brass player, educator and music technologist. Matt resides in Salt Lake City, UT where he was born into a musical family. With his father a music educator and string player, and mother a flautist, it is no surprise that from a young age, Matt found himself drawn to music and irrevocably intrigued by it.

Matt earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Utah, which allowed him to go on to teach music in Salt Lake Valley public high schools and at Salt Lake Community College. While attending university, Matt ran a small recording studio in which he gained experience and established a reputation as an audio engineer, growing his passion for music technology. With this technological knowledge in hand, in 2009 Matt founded the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, an electroacoustic musical collective who regularly performs and records original compositions and interpretations of scores by contemporary composers such as Philip Glass,Terry Riley and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

As a performer, Matt is accomplished with a variety of instruments in the brass family. Most notably, though, is his shift to electronic and synthesized instruments with which he has become highly skilled over the past ten years, exemplified by his masters degree in music technology from IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN. Prominently, Matt considers Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation, to be both a powerful production tool and versatile musical instrument with which he performs, composes, and records.

Matt has produced an extensive discography both as a solo artist and with the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, and has had recordings published by prominent record labels such as Heart Dance Records and the Philip Glass-owned Orange Mountain Music.

 

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Matt has performed with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, at the VU Symposium, and at the Utah Arts Festival.

He currently teaches at Salt Lake Community College.