Mr Matthew McMahon

ADJS BA
Lecturer in Piano (Jazz)

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Pianist and composer Matt McMahon has been a part of the jazz scene in Australia since completing his studies, a BA(hons) and an ADJS, in 1994. He leads the Matt McMahon Trio and is a co-leader of the Band of Five Names with which he has recorded several albums. Matt is also the musical director for Vince Jones and a frequent collaborator with such artists as Phil Slater, Katie Noonan, Sandy Evans, Simon Barker, Steve Hunter, Dave Panichi and many others. He has appeared with a variety of groups and at major music festivals both in Australia (Jazznow and Wangaratta Jazz Festival) and overseas.

His recent albums include Paths and Streams and Ellipsis, both recorded for the Kimnara label.

Selected publications & creative works

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Music

  • Robertson, R., Slater, P., McMahon, M., Hewetson, A., Akriff, A., Barker, S. (2012). The Bounty Suite. Baecastuff Mutiny Music. Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Theatre, Wangaratta, Australia: Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2009). 1. Quartet Piece No. One 2. Quartet Piece No. Two. SIMA present The Phil Slater Quartet. The Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Improvised Music Association.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Dewhurst, C. (2009). Band of Five Names Improv. 1. 2009 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney, Australia: Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2009). Quartet Piece No. 7. SIMA present The Phil Slater Quartet. The Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Improvised Music Association.
  • Lacey, G., Theak, D., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Edwardes, C., McMahon, M., Keller, A. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Flying Horse 3. Oh Charming Harlequin 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Hidden Amongst the Flowers 6. Peacock Song 7. Colourful Fancy 8. Cassander the Strong 9. Pierrot the Clown 10. Hot Air Balloon 11. Cradled in the Peacock's Tail 12. Epilogue. Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Barker, S., Dewhurst, C., McMahon, M., Slater, P., Il-dong, B., Kim, D. (2008). 1. Calling 2. Sinawi 3. Dishevelled Hair 4. Song of Spring Fragrance 5. Song Of The Filial Daughter. Daorum. The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Armstrong, A., Barker, S. (2008). Band of Five Names performance/Broadcast @ The Factory. The Factory, Marrickville, Sydney, Australia: Places and Spaces Series, Sound Travelers, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mosh Cam.
  • Slater, P., Barker, S., McMahon, M., Swanton, L. (2008). Jazz in the Domain 2008. Phil Slater Quartet feat. Performance. Phillip Precinct, Domain, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Festival 08. .
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Dewhurst, C., Dae, I. (2007). 1.Improv 2.Sinawi 3.Calling 4.Daorum 5.Pansori. Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Music Fesitval.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2007). Open Seizure. The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Jazz Now Festival.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2006). 1. Burden of Corners 2. Crest 3. Tedium 4. Pemungkah 5. Bone Epilogue. Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia: Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S. (2002). 1.Improv 1 2.Improv 2 3.Improv 3 4.Improv 4. Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia: Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Il Dong, B., Barker, S., Dewhurst, C., Lee, R., McMahon, M., Slater, P. (2015). 1. Waters Converge 2. Gathering Rains, 3. Ghost Song 4. I Go 5. Streams Revealed 6. Little Gate. On Trace Sphere: Gathering Rains, CD, Online digital platforms, Sydney, Australia: MGM (The groove Merchants) Digital distribution.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Il-dong, B., Kim, D., Dewhurst, C. (2008). Daorum, CD, Australia: Kimnara.
  • Edwardes, C., Keller, A., Lacey, G., McMahon, M., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Wilson, J. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Oh charming Harlequin 3. Flying horse 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Colourful fancy 6. Cradled in the peacock's tail 7. Pierrot the clown 8. Hot air balloon 9. Hidden amongst the flowers 10. Peacock song 11. Cassander the strong 12. Epilogue. On Hush 8, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Music Council of Australia, Freedman Foundation, Royal Childrens Hospital.
  • Slater, P., Barker, S., McMahon, M., Swanton, L. (2006). 1. Burden of Corners 2. Crest 3. Tedium 4. Rhyme of Knife and Mantra 5. Lissom 6. The Thousands 7. Bone Epilogue/Reprise. On Phil Slater Quartet: The Thousands, CD, Sydney, Australia: Kimnara.
  • McMahon, M., Slater, P., Barker, S. (2005). 1.Like I Do 2.Nata Lagal 3.Lissom 4.To Find You 5.Sun 6.Beginnings 7.Dancing Laughing 8.Wise Ones 9.Paths And Streams. On MATT MCMAHON: PATHS AND STREAMS, CD, SYDNEY, Australia: KIMNARA.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S. (2003). 1. Silent season 2. Original face 3. Twelve links 4. Limited 5. Certainty 6. Red swell 7.For Anu 8. Inner pillars 9.Empty gardens. On Empty Gardens, CD, Sydney, Australia: Kimnara.
  • Slater, P., Dewhurst, J., McMahon, M., Hirst, B. (2003). 1.The Third Sun 2.Circadia 3.Pemungkah 4.The Chance 5.Abiding 6.Bone Epilogue 7.Twisted 8.Meet And Place. On STROBE COMA VIRGO, CD, Sydney, Australia: DOWNLOUDER/NEWMARKET.
  • Slater, P., Barker, S., McMahon, M. (2003). Severance 1. Severance and Permitude 2. Three Word Poem 3. Tenth Mountain 4. Child and Machine 5. Image 6. Third Bubble 7. Quiet Night Dirt 8. Arctic 9. Hidden Hyperbola. On Band of Five Names: Severance, CD, Sydney, Australia: Newmarket.

2015

  • Il Dong, B., Barker, S., Dewhurst, C., Lee, R., McMahon, M., Slater, P. (2015). 1. Waters Converge 2. Gathering Rains, 3. Ghost Song 4. I Go 5. Streams Revealed 6. Little Gate. On Trace Sphere: Gathering Rains, CD, Online digital platforms, Sydney, Australia: MGM (The groove Merchants) Digital distribution.

2012

  • Robertson, R., Slater, P., McMahon, M., Hewetson, A., Akriff, A., Barker, S. (2012). The Bounty Suite. Baecastuff Mutiny Music. Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Theatre, Wangaratta, Australia: Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

2009

  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2009). 1. Quartet Piece No. One 2. Quartet Piece No. Two. SIMA present The Phil Slater Quartet. The Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Improvised Music Association.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Dewhurst, C. (2009). Band of Five Names Improv. 1. 2009 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney, Australia: Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2009). Quartet Piece No. 7. SIMA present The Phil Slater Quartet. The Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Improvised Music Association.

2008

  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Il-dong, B., Kim, D., Dewhurst, C. (2008). Daorum, CD, Australia: Kimnara.
  • Lacey, G., Theak, D., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Edwardes, C., McMahon, M., Keller, A. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Flying Horse 3. Oh Charming Harlequin 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Hidden Amongst the Flowers 6. Peacock Song 7. Colourful Fancy 8. Cassander the Strong 9. Pierrot the Clown 10. Hot Air Balloon 11. Cradled in the Peacock's Tail 12. Epilogue. Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Edwardes, C., Keller, A., Lacey, G., McMahon, M., Magnusson, S., Slater, P., Wilson, J. (2008). 1. A Castle For All 2. Oh charming Harlequin 3. Flying horse 4. Beautiful Columbine 5. Colourful fancy 6. Cradled in the peacock's tail 7. Pierrot the clown 8. Hot air balloon 9. Hidden amongst the flowers 10. Peacock song 11. Cassander the strong 12. Epilogue. On Hush 8, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Music Council of Australia, Freedman Foundation, Royal Childrens Hospital.
  • Barker, S., Dewhurst, C., McMahon, M., Slater, P., Il-dong, B., Kim, D. (2008). 1. Calling 2. Sinawi 3. Dishevelled Hair 4. Song of Spring Fragrance 5. Song Of The Filial Daughter. Daorum. The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Armstrong, A., Barker, S. (2008). Band of Five Names performance/Broadcast @ The Factory. The Factory, Marrickville, Sydney, Australia: Places and Spaces Series, Sound Travelers, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mosh Cam.
  • Slater, P., Barker, S., McMahon, M., Swanton, L. (2008). Jazz in the Domain 2008. Phil Slater Quartet feat. Performance. Phillip Precinct, Domain, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Festival 08. .

2007

  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Dewhurst, C., Dae, I. (2007). 1.Improv 2.Sinawi 3.Calling 4.Daorum 5.Pansori. Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Music Fesitval.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2007). Open Seizure. The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Jazz Now Festival.

2006

  • Slater, P., Barker, S., McMahon, M., Swanton, L. (2006). 1. Burden of Corners 2. Crest 3. Tedium 4. Rhyme of Knife and Mantra 5. Lissom 6. The Thousands 7. Bone Epilogue/Reprise. On Phil Slater Quartet: The Thousands, CD, Sydney, Australia: Kimnara.
  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S., Swanton, L. (2006). 1. Burden of Corners 2. Crest 3. Tedium 4. Pemungkah 5. Bone Epilogue. Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia: Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

2005

  • McMahon, M., Slater, P., Barker, S. (2005). 1.Like I Do 2.Nata Lagal 3.Lissom 4.To Find You 5.Sun 6.Beginnings 7.Dancing Laughing 8.Wise Ones 9.Paths And Streams. On MATT MCMAHON: PATHS AND STREAMS, CD, SYDNEY, Australia: KIMNARA.

2003

  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S. (2003). 1. Silent season 2. Original face 3. Twelve links 4. Limited 5. Certainty 6. Red swell 7.For Anu 8. Inner pillars 9.Empty gardens. On Empty Gardens, CD, Sydney, Australia: Kimnara.
  • Slater, P., Dewhurst, J., McMahon, M., Hirst, B. (2003). 1.The Third Sun 2.Circadia 3.Pemungkah 4.The Chance 5.Abiding 6.Bone Epilogue 7.Twisted 8.Meet And Place. On STROBE COMA VIRGO, CD, Sydney, Australia: DOWNLOUDER/NEWMARKET.
  • Slater, P., Barker, S., McMahon, M. (2003). Severance 1. Severance and Permitude 2. Three Word Poem 3. Tenth Mountain 4. Child and Machine 5. Image 6. Third Bubble 7. Quiet Night Dirt 8. Arctic 9. Hidden Hyperbola. On Band of Five Names: Severance, CD, Sydney, Australia: Newmarket.

2002

  • Slater, P., McMahon, M., Barker, S. (2002). 1.Improv 1 2.Improv 2 3.Improv 3 4.Improv 4. Wangaratta Town Hall, Wangaratta, Australia: Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

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