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Matt Darriau was named one of the most influental jazz musicians of the
last fifteen years by Jazziz Magazine for bringing balkan rhythms and melodies into jazz.
He joined the Klezmatics as their reedman in 1995.


Besides being a leading innovator in the "Jewish Alternative Movement" (with his own „Paradox Trio“)
Matt Darriau has also been active as a composer and a musician in the new celtic band
„Whirligig“, the big band „Orange Then Blue“, his swing band „Ballin´ The Jack“
and the „Recycled Waltz Orchestra“ , a quintet dedicated
to film music.

Matt also plays in addition to alto saxophone and clarinet several ethnic flutes
from the Balkan (kaval, gaida) and owns wooden flutes from all over the world.

Matt Darriau was presented with both of his bands, Ballin' The Jack and Paradox Trio
at the Jazzfest Berlin in november 2003. In 2004 the band adapted the music of the Marx Brothers
Movies. 
 
As a leading artist of the downtown musicscene in New York Matt Darriau played
with Gunther Schuller, The Klezmatics, Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg, Elliott Sharp,
Marc Ribot, George Schuller, Theodosii Spassov, Mark Feldman and many others.

PROJECTS:
Paradox Trio (including silent movie projects "Battleship Potemkin" and "Benya Krik")
Ballin´ The Jack (including the Marx Brothers Project)
Trio with Brandon Terzic and Matt Kilmer (Xalam Project)
Whirligig
Recycled Waltz Orchestra
The Yusef Lateef Project
Duo with Katie Down
 
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:
Matt Darriau´s Paradox Trio (Knitting Factory Records)
Source (Knitting Factory Records) Paradox Trio
Flying At A Slant (KFR) Paradox Trio 1997
Jungle (KFR) Ballin´ The Jack 1999
The Big Head" KFR, Ballin´ The Jack, 2001
Matt Darriau with the Klezmatics "Rise Up!" 2002 Rounder Records
Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio ft. Theodosii Spassov "Gambit" 2005 Enja Records
Matt Darriau with the Klezmatics "Wonderwheel" 2006 JMG Records (Grammy Winner 2007)
Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio ft. Bojaz Z, 2010 Felmay Records