His music has been described as "so simple and so natural, and yet sets up a complex set of interactions." (Sound Expanse) A Chesapeake Bay native, his interests are often focused on the movement of bodies of water, tides, erosion, and musical analogues to natural processes. In addition to the documented spaces and environmental recordings heard in much of his electroacoustic work, natural materials also enter his acoustic music in tangible ways: pine sap drops as melodic material in his Soft Song (for solo cello); river stones lightly scraped on amplified wood in Riverbed.
Matt frequently collaborates with musicians, choreographers, filmmakers, and visual artists. From 2007-2012, he founded and co-directed the Hartford Sound Alliance, a composer/performer ensemble dedicated to the creation, performance, and promotion of new music via composition, improvisation, installations, and interdisciplinary projects. Along with collaborator Bill Solomon, he founded the Hartford New Music Festival, a three-month series dedicated to contemporary music.
Matt was the 2013 composer-in-residence for the Generous Ensemble and the Private Works Festival (Hartford, CT), for which he composed Separation Songs, an extended-length piece for two spatialized string quartets, using real-time computer generated variations on the shape note hymns of William Billings. In February 2014, his work was featured as part of the SEM Ensemble's New Works by Emerging Composers series at Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn, NY.
Recent performance highlights include sound installations and generative works at the Goldwell Open Air Museum (Rhyolite, NV), the Machine Project (Los Angeles), Hemphill Fine Arts (Washington D.C.), Hartford Art School, and Yale University's Haskins Laboratories, solo concerts and featured works presented at the Wulf (Los Angeles), the Stone (New York), Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo, Norway), SEAMUS 2012 National Conference (Appleton, WI), Constellation (Chicago), and the June in Buffalo Festival, as well as artist residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Goldwell Open Air Museum, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (composer-in-residence, Spring 2011). He has given masterclasses and guest lectures at University of Maryland, the Hartt School of Music, Squeaky Wheel Media Center (Buffalo), and George Washington University, among others.