Kaffe Matthews

Evening of Sadie Plant: Kaffe Matthews; photo: Jan Sprij

Kaffe Matthews

Kaffe Matthews (GB) is a composer and performer of new electro-acoustic music. She is a leading figure and pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition.

Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new music via all kinds of digital gadgetry all over the world for the past ten years. From a background in violin, shopkeeping, Zoology, drumming, acid house engineering and a masters in Music Technology, she is now most known for her live sampling performances of events and places in real time: processing in installation, on stage, in galleries, clubs, concert halls, tents, churches, the outback, warehouses, or ambient tea rooms. The music is vast, sculpted into textural landscapes, vibrating granular technohymns, noisy and beats via her on stage processing of sound from carefully placed microphones and an occasinal violin. Matthews has collaborated and performed with many people and collectives. Teaching-wise, she introduced and established the course Performance Technology, to Dartington College of Arts, Devon (GB) and is now tutoring some violin and live electronic techniques to students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She worked as a director for Sonic Arts Network and the London Musicians Collective. Matthews regularly performs all over the world.


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