Altar :=: Source

On April 23rd, I was featured as one the emerging artists for Music on Main’s Concert: Emerge on Main at the Fox Cabaret. For the concert, I created a new piece entitled:

Altar :=: Source

I worked with prepared guitar and recordings from tapes I found at my Aunt’s house in Australia, recorded by my Grandfather in Sri Lanka – circa 1970ish. The tapes document my Grandfather singing his own melodies to portions of the text from the Bhagavad Gita. These melodies are my source material, and my guitar the interpreter, as all the melodies are sung in Old Tamil (which I do not speak). These tapes are the only way I have heard my Grandfather’s voice. I am so excited to have the opportunity to present this work. It has become so dear to me and is acting as an investigation into my mixed-race identity and history.

Thank you so much to Music on Main, Ryan Luth, and Cameron Anderson for producing this wonderful video of my piece, Altar :=: Source. The opportunity to make and present this work means the world to me.

Thanks to the The Georgia StraightCBC VancouverThe Tyee, and Discorder Magazine for the write-ups and radio time, discussing and promoting this concert and my work. It feels so empowering to be recognized as an artist by these cultural institutions, but also equally empowering to be recognized by my friends and my family for who I am and becoming. Whenever I create a work, I feel I get to understand another part of myself and discover who I want to be as I navigate the world. I feel like I am arriving at another starting point and that feels really exciting.

If you have a moment to check out this video, it would mean a lot to me.




One thought on “Altar :=: Source

  1. Terry McKenna says:

    Hey Matthew, thanks for creating and sharing this wonderful, intimate and adventurous session with me/us! It is a beautiful space to be in, like entering a quiet room … and gradually, taking its time, some gentle (and not so gentle!) magic happens… and then I go on my way


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