Vancouver b.c.’s own mathew jonson has built a solid reputation over the past few years through his participation in the modern deep left quartet, cobblestone jazz and by various productions under his own name. his forays into jazz, house, fusion, techno and other electronic based music(s) reference a youth filled with musical creativity and ingenue. formally trained in drums, percussion from a young age, mat also had stints performing clarinet and classical piano. in fact, a young mj played in the under-18 drum concert band at the age of 11, a feat made spectacular by his early ability to improvise in lieu of reading music. through his father’s interest in early electronic music and instruments, mat discovered a new form of sound and musical composition, a form he began to tweak and fiddle with at 10 years of age, utilising keyboards, basic sequencers and sound modules. between 12 and 17 years, mat began experimenting with computer-based sequencing and sound—programming being the logical extension of his early box instruments. a visit to the monolithic vancouver world fair in 1986 catapulted the youngster into a world of compu-based generation and musical exploration.
the focus of this globally influential event was the transmission of humans and information in the digital age, a catalytic theme for the young jonson and his already burgeoning sense for production. during his late teens and early twenties, mat could be found performing regularly in vancouver, victoria and environs throughout. an increasingly personal interest in live performance prompted mat to focus again on outboard equipment, old 70’s anologues with a primarily hands-on usage. mat’s deeply moody solo performances, combined with his impressive session playing in the modern deep left quartet and cobblestone jazz, served to build a reputation for masterful composition, riveting and intensely emotional musicianship and, ultimately, national and international acclaim. his solo productions for itiswhatitis and a collaborative perlon recording have brought him broad international attention and exposure, evident in his travels to geneva, switzerland to work with luciano, germany and his performance at mutek’s micro 7—a prelude to mutek’s 3rd edition where he played with cobblestone jazz. Although mat’s itiswhatitis releases have been licensed by such luminaries as dan bell and carl craig, attracted the praise of richie hawtin, laurent garnier and larry heard, mat’s understated modesty speaks through the deeply personal nature of his work, a testament to his artistry and genuine character.
Mathew Jonson – Live at Clash Club Sao Paulo 08-02-2008
Mathew Jonson – Live at Antipop Festival Portugal 02-08-2008 -PART1 (VIDEOS)
Mathew Jonson – Live at Antipop Festival Portugal 02-08-2008 -PART2 (VIDEOS)
Mathew Jonson – Live at Antipop Festival Portugal 02-08-2008 -PART3 (VIDEOS)
Mathew Jonson – Live at Zenzero Bari Italy 19-04-2008
Mathew Jonson – CLR Podcast 03-08-2009 (Live at Be at Space, Space Ibiza)
Mathew Jonson – Live at Timewarp Maimarkthalle Mannheim 04-04-2009
Mathew Jonson vs Dandy Jack – LivePA At Mutek 10 Metropolis Montreal 30-05-2009
Mathew Jonson – Live at Red Bull Music Academy,Boiler Room 03-11-2011
Mathew Jonson – Live at Tormenta Tropical, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid 31-10-2011
Mathew Jonson – DJ Set at Red Light Radio 20-09-2011
Mathew Jonson – DJ Set at Dance Department 21-08-2011
Mathew Jonson – DJ Set at Resident Advisor Podcast 03-01-2011
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