Harry Matthews is a UK-based composer and researcher who activates listeners’ sensitivity towards noise, interruption, and environmental concerns through his use of ‘socially curious’ methods of composition.

Harry is studying for an AHRC-funded PhD with James Saunders and Matthew Shlomowitz. His research is focused on music that interrogates social situations in performance and combines field recordings with instruments.

His works have been recorded and performed by musicians such as Decibel Ensemble, Caitlin Rowley, Juliet Fraser, Jane Chapman, Nebula Percussion Quartet, and Ensemble Paramirabo. He also co-directs OUT-TAKE Ensemble and performs extensively with Ben Jameson.

He has published co-written articles for Question Journal on collaboration and autonomy in community art projects and for Organised Sound on post-sonic perspectives and socially engaged practices. The Journal of Artistic Research has published (2022) an article Harry created in collaboration with the SWWDTP creativity in research cluster. This article presents the group’s artist research alongside writing that discusses creative practice as a means of disrupting or re-defining the dynamics of power in, with and for different communities.


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