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Friday, May 29, 2015

Manchester’s own Matt Owen’s performs his debut album The Aviators’ Ball at The Met

On Thursday 11 June Manchester based producer, bassist, composer and arranger Matt Owen’s performs his debut album The Aviators’ Ball at The Met.


The album incorporates elements of jazz, world, classical and folk music and features a host of Manchester’s finest musicians including trumpeters Neil Yates (Kate Rusby) and Steve Chadwick (Sam Lee), pianists John Ellis (Cinematic Orchestra) and Edward Barnwell. Matt also collaborated with several guest singers including Tom Davies, Zoe Kyoti and Ríoghnach Connolly.


Much of the material for the album was taken from his suite of pieces Ten, commissioned by The Manchester Jazz Festival in 2009 and written for jazz quartet combined with wind quintet and tuned percussion. The album was co-produced by Kirsty Almeida, who also adds vocals to Going Back to the Village and was mixed by John Ellis at Limefield Studio, Manchester.


‘The Aviators’ Ball is the perfect soundtrack to a film not yet realised, and one of the most gorgeous albums you’ll hear this year.’ Echoes Magazine


Matt and Kirsty have worked extensively together with Matt playing double bass and bass guitar in her live band as well as co-writing with her and arranging much of her music. Songs they have written together have been used in the films Pategonia and Albatross and on the American TV show Arrow.


‘the genuineness of its eclectic, yesteryear approach, the persuasive strength of its endearingly tuneful hooks and arrangements make it utterly irresistible – certainly a delightful musical diversion.’ AP reviews


Matt has been a creative component of Manchester’s vibrant music scene writing, arranging and playing bass with acts including Kirsty Almeida, La Gran Descarga, Baked A La Ska, The Wagon Train, Ríoghnach Connolly and The Magic Beans. Matt has also played at numerous festivals including The Big Chill, Glastonbury, V Festival and Kendal Calling.


Tickets for The Aviators’ Ball are £10 and available online at www.themet.biz or from the box office on 0161 761 2216




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