Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. His album Fiction was released in 2013 on Pi Recordings; critically acclaimed and on numerous album-of-the-year lists in 2013, it features 15 of his compositions performed in duo with Ches Smith.
Other ensembles he leads or co-leads include the Matt Mitchell Quartet with Chris Speed, Chris Tordini, and Dan Weiss; Normal Remarkable Persons with Tim Berne, Herb Robertson, Shane Endsley, Travis Laplante, Tyshawn Sorey, Ches Smith, and Dan Weiss; the duo Fourth Floor with Dan Weiss; and Snark Horse with Kate Gentile.
He is a member of Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls, the Darius Jones Quartet, Dan Weiss’s Fourteen, the Kate Gentile Trio, the Ben Perowsky Quartet, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect Trio, the Anna Webber Trio, Ches Smith’s We All Break, Michael Attias’ Spun Tree, and Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux.
He has performed with musicians including John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet + 1, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green’s Apex, Rez Abbasi’s Invocation, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Alessi, Dave King, Amir ElSaffar, Marc Ducret, David Torn, Vernon Reid, Clarence Penn and Penn Station, Jonathan Finlayson, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Allison Miller, Donny McCaslin, Jamie Baum, Brad Shepik, Bobby Zankel, John Swana, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.