Mathew Klotz

BIOGRAPHY

Hailing from Tully in Far North Queensland, Australia, Mathew performed regularly in local eisteddfods with success and has since had his work for saxophone orchestra, Images of an Australian Landscape, premiered in Paris, 2015. He has also received commissions from Brisbane ensemble Stitched Saxophone Quartet and his former high school, Tully State High School.

Mathew has regularly performed as a member of the Queensland Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and is principal baritone saxophone in the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra. In 2015, he travelled with the saxophone orchestra to Europe where the ensemble performed at the XVII World Saxophone Congress, Strasbourg, France. Mathew also performed as a member of the Australian Saxophone Orchestra.

Mathew is now a third year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music studying a Bachelor of Music in saxophone and composition under woodwind specialist Diana Tolmie and Australian composer Gerard Brophy, respectively.

Current compositional projects include a second commission for Stitched Saxophone Quartet which makes use of an unorthodox SSAA instrumentation, extended techniques and microtonality; and, small works for the concert band at Tully State High School. The idea behind this project is to use a friendly environment to engage students with new music, unusually playing techniques and dissonant harmonies.


Composer website:  http://mathewklotzmusic.wix.com/mathewklotz


FEATURED WORKS

The A,T,C,G of Paramecium, for saxophone quartet.

A discussion, through music, of equality in our world with a focus on the LGBTQ community and marriage equality, but also with reference to gender and race equality. The unorthodox instrumentation ask the question: what defines “normality” in a relationship? And how can different relationships coexist in either a musical work or an innovative, 21st century world?

The title, The A, T, C, G of Paramecium, refers to the four bases of DNA (A, T, C and G) and the single-celled organism Paramecium. All species have the basic A, T, C, G structure, making none more dominant than the other at this micro level. While archaic, Paramecium reproduce asexually and thus have achieved a state of “ultimate equality”.

Featured in Playlist 11 – Saxophone Waves (30/11/2015)