Matthew WrightCold Highlife – Matthew Wright – Compact Disc


Cold Highlife brings together three works at the interchange of notation, improvisation and technology: composer, improvisor and sound artist Matthew Wright draws on a bold sonic palette hewn from colliding forces. The bright energy of Ghanaian Highlife music is dragged into a slowly melting Arctic soundscape. Flickering clouds of harpsichord become a distorted haze. Pulses in disagreement create a crackling rhythmic sculpture.
released December 3, 2016

Michiel van Dijk, reeds & keyboard
Erik-Jan de With, reeds & keyboard
Anton van Houten, trombone & keyboard
Joey Marijs, percussion & keyboard
Saskia Lankhoorn, piano & keyboard
Pete Harden, electric guitar & keyboard
Matthew Wright, electronics

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Micha de Kanter
at Slagwerk Den Haag Studio, 28 & 29 June 2016

Artistic Direction, Pete Harden
Design by Duel (

Supported by QR funds from The School of Music and Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University

*Cold Highlife (2016) is derived from fragments of Clus Fields, originally written for Icebreaker.

**Totem for Sydney (2012, arr. 2016) was originally written for Ensemble Offspring and premiered at the Carriageworks, Sydney on 1st December 2012, with Martin Ng as turntable soloist.

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