New Music Scene
He also leads the avant-swing septet, BALLIN’ THE JACK – fusing early swing repertoire with contemporary improvisation. Their two CDs, Jungle and The Big Head, have brought them to the attention of major international events, including the JVC Newport Jazz, Chicago Jazz and North Sea festivals. Some of his other recent projects include YO LATEEF, a jazz quintet inspired by the music and legacy of Jusef Lateef, the RECYCLED WALTZ ORCHESTRA and DISASTRO TOTALE with Yuri Lemeshev of Gogol Bordello and CELTIC ECLECTIC, with its original take on Irish music featuring uilleann pipes player Ivan Goff. Matt Darriau is a regular in New York’s downtown jazz and new music scene.