Matt Fountain is a composer and euphonist from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated in May of 2015 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors of Music Composition, and from Brooklyn College in Spring 2019 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Media Scoring. He has studied with composers Christopher Biggs, Lisa Coons, Jonathan Zalben, and D.D. Jackson.
Matt writes music that combines elements of popular culture, film music, and classical art music, with the goal of creating pieces that are fun for a variety of listeners, and are challenging/enjoyable for performers. This includes a number of chamber works, large ensemble pieces, and chamber works featuring live, and fixed electronics. As a euphonium player, he is a huge advocate for new music for the instrument(especially works featuring electronics) and has written a number of pieces featuring it, in addition to commissioning new works involving the instrument.
Matt's current focus is on writing music for silent films, and small chamber works for solo performers. His most recent project being a score featuring Euphonium, Guitar and fixed-media for Metropolis. A lover of German Director Fritz Lang, his current endeavors include scores for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Siegfried. Both will feature live performances of the scores.
Recent Awards and Accomplishments
2019: Dystopian Symphony: Metropolis, Live-score to the movie Metropolis premieres at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, New York
2019: Silk Road short film by Ali Vil, with score by Matt Fountain premieres at the Directors Guild Theater in Manhattan, New York
2018: Enough is Enough short film by Meeni Hardart, with score by Matt Fountain is premiered at BAM Cinemas in Brooklyn, New York
2016: Iris is premiered by Caitlin Foster as a part of SPLICE 2016 at Western Michigan University
2015-2016: Commissioned by Vanessa Van-Anh Vo, to write "The Cycle" for her trio the Va'V. The piece was premiered at the Kennedy Center on March 11th, 2016
2014: The Parchment High School Band premiered "Expedition" at their spring concert in Parchment Michigan. Conducted by Beth Jonker.
2014: "Disorders" was selected to be performed by Jennifer Pesch at the SCI region V conference in Kalamazoo Michigan