As a composer and lyricist, Dmitri Matheny has published works spanning the jazz, pop, symphonic, choral, chamber and world music genres. He has received premieres and commissions from Meet the Composer, the Manhattan New Music Project, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra and 20th Century Forum.
Matheny has released nine critically-acclaimed CDs showcasing his original compositions for small jazz ensemble. Among his other significant works are "Fresh Squeezed Brass" (for brass quintet), "Nocturne" (for jazz band + string quartet), "The SnowCat" (for musical theatre), "Triptych" and "South of Market Suite" (for chamber orchestra), and "Drums & Color," "The City at Night" and "Savannah Panorama" (for jazz orchestra).
Matheny’s film scoring and soundtrack credits include the PBS documentary Mary, Paradox & Grace (1996), the short film Greenhorn Creek (1997), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art production Voices & Images of California Art (1997), and the RKO Pictures feature film Shade (2003), Damian Nieman’s modern noir starring Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith, Thandie Newton, Sylvester Stallone and Stewart Townsend. In 2006 Matheny contributed music for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of a short film from the horror anthology Trapped Ashes.
Matheny's most ambitious creation to date is "Spiritu Sancto," the New Millennium Mass, a monumental sacred work scored for chorus, organ, percussion, brass quintet, jazz ensemble and gospel soloist. Spiritu Sancto received its world premiere on the dawn of the new millennium at St. Domenic's Cathedral in San Francisco.
(A-R)Blue Nostalgia (1989) — for voice and jazz orchestra.
Bustin' Up a Chifforobe (1999) — for small jazz ensemble.
The Caliche Code (2011) — for jazz quintet.
The City at Night (1988) — for jazz orchestra. With support from Meet the Composer.
Crime Scenes (2012) — for jazz quintet + spoken word.
Drums and Color (1990) — for jazz orchestra. Commissioned by the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra, with support from the Manhattan New Music Project.
5. The Void
First Class (1999) — for small jazz ensemble.
Footsteps in the Fog (2009) — for jazz quintet.
For the Greening of the Leaves (1988) — for voice and jazz sextet. With partial support from the ASCAP Foundation.
Fresh Squeezed Brass (1994) — for brass quintet.
Geneva (1998) — for small jazz ensemble.
Greenhorn Creek (1997) — for small jazz ensemble. Commissioned by Karen Watson.
Harbor of Sorrows (2012) — for small jazz ensemble.
Kuumbwa Blues (1995) — for jazz quintet.
Like a River (1995) — for jazz quintet.
Mary, Paradox & Grace (1996) — for flugelhorn and bass. Commissioned by Karen Watson.
Moon Rocks/Keepnews Blues (1997) — for jazz quintet.
Moon Song Trinity (1997) — for jazz quintet.
1. Sea of Tranquility
2. Sea of Serenity
3. Sea of Fertility
Neo-Bop (1989) — for jazz quintet.
Nocturne (2005) — for jazz quintet + string quartet.
2. Dragon Dance
3. Whisper, Muse
4. Emerald Buddha
6. Like a River
7. Myth of the Rainy Night
8. Sea of Tranquility
9. Red Reflections
Penumbra (1996) — for jazz quintet.
Processional (1993) — for brass quintet.
1. Between the Shadow and the Soul
2. Hymn of Praise
3. Bejeweled Garden
4. Prayer of Thanks
5. December Bride
Red Reflections (1995) — for small jazz ensemble.
(S-Z)Sagebrush Rebellion (2010) — for small jazz ensemble.
Savannah Panorama (1998) — for jazz orchestra.
Segolene's Second Line (1999) — for small jazz ensemble.
Seven's Cortical Node (2010) — for small jazz ensemble.
Sketch (1995) — for jazz quintet.
The SnowCat (2006) — for voice and jazz quintet.
2. Sam's Search
3. Cat Tracks
4. SnowCat Theme
5. Cat Dance
6. Hush, Now
7. Boat Song
8. Nocturne (Sam's Dream)
9. One Bright Pearl
11. SnowCat Reprise
Soca Nova (1998) — for small jazz ensemble.
South of Market Suite (1992) — for chamber orchestra.
1. Above Paradise
2. Block Party
3. Blue Vision
Spiritu Sancto: The New Millennium Mass (1999) — for chorus, organ, percussion, brass quintet, jazz ensemble and gospel vocalist. Commissioned by Ted W. Hall for St. Domenic's Church, San Francisco.
1. Prelude (Whisper, Muse)
2. Processional I (Slow)
3. Processional II (Medium)
4. Processional III (Fast)
5. Processional IV (Slow)
8. Responsorial Psalm
9. Alleluia Fanfare
10. Offertory (I'm Ready)
11. Interlude (I'm Ready Instrumental)
13. Memorial Acclamation
14. Agnus Dei
15. Communion Canticle
16. Interlude (Agnus Dei)
Strength to Love (1993) — for small jazz ensemble.
Tardis Blue (2011) — for small jazz ensemble.
Triptych (1991) — for chamber orchestra.
Visions of Kerouac (1995) — for jazz quintet.
1. Myth of the Rainy Night
2. Ozone Park
3. Doctor Sax
Whisper, Muse (1996) — for small jazz ensemble.
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