Matt Darriau (sax, clarinet, kaval) plays reeds, and various ethnic woodwinds. His music is informed by his long-standing commitment to jazz, klezmer, Balkan and Celtic idioms. In addition to his work with the grammy winning Klezmatics, he leads his own Balkan rhythm quartet, Paradox Trio, which regularly performs in the US and abroad. The group’s third CD, Source, explores the common ground between Balkan and klezmer music; their fourth recording, Gambit, was nominated for a 2006 German Critics Award. A recent project is a trio exploring klezmer in a more improvisational context called Shabbes Elevator. He also leads Ballin’ The Jack, a septet along with fellow Klezmatic Frank London, is Ballin’ The Jack, a septet 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. Matt’s composition work for film, theater and dance has been supported by a number of grants and commissions, including awards from Chamber Music America New Works and the National Endowment for the Arts, He has recorded and performed with David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Roberto Rodriguez, So Called, Ben Folds Five and many others in the New York scene.