Freelance performer, composer and arranger Matthew Murchison will be the featured guest artist for a concert set for Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the living room of Willard Hall at Oklahoma State University. The event is free and open to the public.
Called “one of the finest players of his generation,” Murchison will play the tuba, its cousin the euphonium, the ukulele and sing during the concert.
As a brass musician, Murchison plays euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. He is a published and commissioned composer and arranger, who has served as producer for CD recordings and can be heard on solo, chamber, large ensemble, and rock band albums.
Murchison is a founding member of the River Bottom Quartet, which released its debut CD “In Too Deep” in 2013 and performed as the opening act for the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. He also founded The Matt Murchison Mutiny, a group committed to “music without boundaries and entertainment without pandering.” The band performs original works as well as a variety of music from Aaron Copland to Elvis Costello, from Regina Spektor to Broadway.
In 2009, Murchison premiered his piece “Moonfall” with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. A member of the River City Brass in Pittsburgh from 2002-2015, Murchison was the principal solo euphonium player for his last nine years with the band. His solo performances with the Brass have been broadcast across the country through WQED Pittsburgh, where he has been featured on “Performance in Pittsburgh.” He released his solo CD entitled “Everyone But Me” in 2003 on his own Mulholland Records and Music label.
Murchison has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., and has been pleased to be able to perform with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. His interest in a variety of music means that he’s performed in bars, concert halls, and for tens-of-thousands during Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. His most recent performances have been across the U.S. as well as Japan and Portugal.
A regularly featured performer at regional, national, and international conferences, Murchison has served on judging panels for international composition and performance competitions. He performs exclusively on the XO euphonium.
Cimarron Music Press and Potenza Music publish some of Murchison’s original compositions for euphonium, and he self-publishes some of his work though his Bandcamp website and on www.mattmurchisonmutiny.com, www.youtube.com/murchtv, www.youtube.com/thomasasjts.