Matthew Ariaratnam is an interdisciplinary sound artist, composer, guitarist, and listener based on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations – also known as Vancouver, BC. He creates sensory walks, writes dumbpop and chamber music, and frequently collaborates with choreographers, visual artists, and theatre-makers. Recent projects and commissions include Body Tuning (Vines Art Festival), Creative Music Series 10 (NOW Society), Take Good Care (as dumbpop), Isolation Commission (Little Chamber Music Society), Altar :=: Source (Music on Main), kiitos, äiti (Thin Edge New Music Collective), and How long will these sounds sound? (Artist-in-Residence, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture). Matthew’s work has been heard in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle. He has an MFA from Simon Fraser University and a BMus in Music Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Contact: matthewariaratnam[at]gmail[dot]com


Stir: “Stir Cheat Sheet: Five Things to Know About Painting Music: One-Page Score Project”

Discorder: “Emerge on Main” 

The Tyee: “Meet the New Wave of New Music” 

Discorder: “Creamy Pop: A Short, Sweet Art Show”

Georgia Straight: “Fall arts preview 2018: Multitasking Matthew Ariaratnam is a sort of philosopher-musician” 

Laurier Alumni: “Matthew Ariaratnam (B.Mus. ’15) wants you to hear the world around you”

Discoder: “Play Nice: Musical Collisions Between Humans and Intelligent Machines”

Daily Hive: “Take a sonic adventure around Vancouver with these free guided audio tours”

Reflecting on the Arts Integration Learning Lab: An Interview with Artist Matthew Ariaratnam

Altar Source Matthew