Matt Petty is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and video artist based in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University, where he received degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance. His music has been described as “…An emotional and arresting juxtaposition of beautiful things” by composer, Eve Beglarian. Matt Petty uses low-fi gear to create music-based multimedia works involving sound, video and live performance. Matt is also an alumnus of New York’s Watermill Center, where he was influenced by a variety artists such as theater director Robert Wilson, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and the American freak-folk band CocoRosie. He is also a founding member of the electro-acoustic collective Kisatchie Sound with clarinetist David Steele; a group that creates new music with a regional sense of place.
As a collaborative artist, Matt has worked with numerous visual artists and musicians across the country performing music and making video pieces. His multimedia works with Kisatchie Sound have been featured across the United States as well as internationally at shows including Biome Arts’ ALT/FUTURE 2016 Environmental Art Series in Taipei, Taiwan, and the 2017 Bad Video Art Show at A3 Gallery in Moscow, Russia. Additionally, Matt is the creator of the feature documentary, Sacred as Folk about the life of Louisiana artist, Brother Michael David Elvestrom; and his current production with Kisatchie Sound, titled Lighten Up, is a multimedia fantasia about American “outsider” artists whose lives and work re-define the American Dream in imaginative, powerful, and healing ways; set to premier in New Orleans in March 2018. Most recently, Matt was one of 25 international artists selected for the Lucas Artist Fellowship in Music at Montalvo Arts Center, in Saratoga, California where Sang Pour Sang was first conceived.
2017 Featured Composition: Sang Pour Sang