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Stereophile review

Jazz Opera Composer Sasha Matson’s Stereophile review

Sasha Matson was born in Seattle, and grew up in Berkeley,California. He later attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, pursuing studies in art history and music, and graduating with College and Major Honors.

Sasha Matson was born in Seattle, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He later attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where his primary teachers were composers John Adams and Elinor Armer.

After a period of additional private study with Andrew Imbrie, and professional composing for multi-media in the San Francisco area, Sasha moved with his wife Elizabeth to Los Angeles. Founding a music production company, Sasha composed and produced the music scores for a dozen dramatic feature films, in addition to concert works and a variety of multi-media.

Sasha’s graduate studies were at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music. Dr. Matson has taught at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, as a member of the music faculty in the Music Industry program, since 2001. He previously taught at Southampton College, New York, and at LaGrange College, Georgia.

Systems 2Sasha’s compositions have been performed, recorded, and broadcast on a wide basis. In 2007 his opera Cooperstown premiered at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Two recording collaborations with audiophile producer Joe Harley, i-5 and Range of Light, have been released worldwide by Audioquest Music and New Albion Records. A recipient of various awards, Sasha Matson has performed music commissions for such leading conductors as Kent Nagano and John Adams. In addition, he currently writes extensively on music and the audio arts, and is an Associate Editor for the  journal Positive Feedback Online.