Formed in Vancouver in 2014, the Matt Choboter Trio is Cole Birney-Stewart (double bass), Andrew Thomson (drums) and Matt Choboter (piano). The trio performs regularly in Vancouver, and recently opened for Joe Lovano at the Vogue Theatre part of the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. We have performed and recorded with Brad Turner and a septet recording featuring Gordon Grdina, Peggy Lee, Curtis Andrews and Meredith Bates is on the horizon.
Performer and composer Matt Choboter has been recognized with the 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Art’s Award, 2014 Fraser Macpherson Scholarship, finalist for the 2015 Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian artists and has been recently provided a professional assistance grant (Canada Council). A recipient of the Mayor’s Art’s Award for Emerging Artist Matt was recognized by Juno Award winner Brad Turner as Vancouver’s most promising emerging jazz artist. As both drummer and composer, Andrew Thomson has received a Fred Sherratt award and nomination for the Julian Award. He studied with Dylan Van Der Schyff and Dave Robbins. McGill Performance alumni and composer, Cole Birney-Stewart has performed with many of the finest musicians from Montreal and Vancouver and studied with Remi Bolduc, Chet Doxas, Fraser Hollins and Brad Turner.
Straight Ahead Blues
The trio navigates original compositions and standard repertoire exploring varied rhythmic and harmonic frameworks. Concepts of recession and growth, varied dialogue between spontaneity and intricate composition, time experienced on both the micro and macro levels and polyrhythmic interactions with the goal of highly subjective perceptual flexibility. Informed by Carnatic rhythmic ideas, of how time and space can be experienced with great accuracy by way of interacting large-scale and small-scale frameworks. The goal to infuse multi-cultural musical practices and procedures into a Canadian Jazz context. To help move Canadian Jazz forward, to a globalized and multi-cultural approach to music making and creation.