Ep 81-Matthew Welch on Solving Problems

Ep 81-Matthew Welch on Solving Problems

Matthew Welch is a composer of innovative opera and genre-resisting concert music. Mixing his backgrounds in bagpipes, gamelan, experimental, classical, rock and improvised music, Welch’s compositional sound is worldly and eclectic in material, yet personal and seamless in style. Boasted by the New York Times as “border-busting; catchy,” Welch’s music has been performed in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.


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Composer Matthew Welch reveals how composers are in the business of solving problems, just like entrepreneurs and the skillset you need to succeed in music.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Bagpipes
  • Growing your audience
  • Bringing various audiences together
  • Alliances amongst composers
  • Solving problems
  • Collaborating
  • Having a complete skillset
    • Performing the music
    • Conducting
    • Assembling an ensemble
    • Learning how to program a concert
    • Creating an audience
    • Recording your music
    • Marketing your music
  • Music creation is in dialogue with the environment it’s performed in
  • Who, what, when, where, & how
  • Sounds good vs perfection
  • Well crafted & rehearsed music
  • Marketing your own music
  • MATA Festival
  • Not waiting for someone to recognize your music


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