"I was blown away by his take on creating abstract music in a similar way to early Stian westerhus; that is, conjuring up highly electronic sounds without using a laptop or iPad, solely through the imaginative employment of effects pedals" - guitar moderne
“Caravaggio meets Portishead” – Entertainment Weekly on UNA LUX
"His music is striking and original" - Ron Sadoff
Matteo Liberatore is a boundary-pushing guitarist and composer from Italy, living in Brooklyn, NY. His avant-garde style explores the crossroads of free improvisation, contemporary classical music and noise using guitar and electronics.
The mountainous and medieval region of Abruzzo, where Matteo grew up, inspired an overarching darkness in his sound as much as being the son of an Architect fostered his deep appreciation of textured expression and modern art movements.
Matteo studied classical guitar under Maestro Marco Salcito at Conservatorio di Foggia and philosophy at University of L'Aquila. As part of a duo releasing records and performing in Italy, he won competitions such as Concorso Nazionale di musica “B.Barattelli” in Popoli (PE), (2005), Concorso Nazionale di Musica Capitanata in Apricena (FG) (2005), and Teramo International Chamber Music Competition (2005).
At NYU Matteo obtained a MM in Jazz Performance while studying under Jean-Michael Pilc, Wayne Krantz and Peter Bernstein. His first album, Concepts, was warmly reviewed by All About Jazz in the same year that he formed the avant-noise-jazz-rock quartet Ashen Figure, who toured successfully in the US and Europe from 2010-2012. Ashen Figure's original sound attracted the attention of former Sonic Youth producer Nick Sansano, who produced Matteo's latest group project Una Lux. The Una Lux EP, relesed in late 2014, received glowing reviews from the likes of NPR, WNYC, Entertainment Weekly, and Magnum Magazine.
Matteo's current solo project draws from his early experience of life in America - the rawness of a world where incredible art and expression flourish alongside money market-driven politics and where tense capitalistic ambition reigns supreme. Matteo’s sound and performance is abstract... deconstructing sound, expectations and beauty in form.