“…so talented and innovative…a raving lunatic in the best way!” ~ Yo-Yo Ma (cellist)
“…a musician of super keen talent to keep your eyes and ears on…(Small’s music) is beautiful in both conception and execution, great playing and wonderful journeys.” ~ Terry Riley (composer/pianist)
“…one of the brightest young composer/performers out there…quite a unique writer and a skillful and imaginative player, he’s a musician with a rare combination of talents.” ~ Dave Douglas (trumpeter/composer)
Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a gifted San Francisco bassist and composer whose alluringly original music draws on a rich range of classical, jazz and indigenous music,” Matt Small has been developing his own cutting-edge, multi-genre work in the Bay Area since 1997. With a deep dedication to his craft and an unrelenting spirit of curiosity, Small explores a wide variety of musical traditions while exercising “a strong aesthetic sensibility” (Down Beat Magazine). Small has found inspiration from a vast array of music, including jazz, experimental, popular, Western classical, and indigenous music styles from around the world.