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Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert is a prize-winning composer, artist, producer and writer whose spectrum of innovative works ranges from more than 30 albums (including the celebrated Bodily Functions) to scores for Oscar-winning films (A Fantastic Woman) and music for the National Theatre, Broadway, television series (Noughts and Crosses BBC), games (Lego) and radio. He has performed solo, as a DJ and with various musicians, including his own 21-piece big band and his 100-piece chorus, all over the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the Hollywood Bowl, creating installations, theatre and operas.

Matthew Herbert has remixed iconic artists such as Quincy Jones, Ennio Morricone, Serge Gainsbourg and Mahler, and for a long time he was one of Björk’s collaborators. He has received commissions from the Royal Opera House, the BBC and Deutsche Grammophon, but most of all he is known for his work with sound, transforming ordinary or so-called found sound into electronic music. His most famous work, One Pig, traces the life of a pig from birth to plate and beyond. His debut book The Music was published by Unbound in 2018; he is also the creative director of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

In 2016 Matthew Herbert began working on his third big band album, his most ambitious and collaborative project to date. The State Between Us was founded with more than 1000 musicians and singers from all over the EU and began as a project reacting to the triggering of Article 50 and the dramatic change of national history in June 2016. Over the course of the next two years – before the backdrop of a relentless, challenging news cycle and through large-scale recording sessions in Rome, Berlin, Leipzig, Madrid and London – Matthew Herbert created a work of epic proportions, entirely independently.

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