Matthew W. Langford (b. 1990) is a Denver, Colorado based composer and trumpet player. He and his wife, Nicole (violin/viola) maintain an active teaching studio throughout Denver.
Upcoming premieres include a new work Langford is composing for New York City's Brass Project. Langford's recent work, (no) rest for the weary, was premiered by members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and other Colorado based professionals. He composed this piece in creative collaboration with visual artist Jeremy Grant.
Drawn to the nuance and complexities he sees in nature and in people, Langford's compositional styles often blend elements of both impressionism and expressionism to create worlds of sound and meaning that relate deeply with a human subconscious experience of the world. He is interested in the embodied nature of things; of creature, substance, and place, the mysteries of phenomena not always seen, but always there, the obscuring of time and space and everything in between. His techniques allow for intuitive and spontaneous process within conceptual design framework related to the essence of what is being explored. Some of his current compositional explorations involve transitional space, light and color play, and an unusual attention to how sound fills its environment.
As a trumpet player, Langford has performed alongside artists at the Brevard Music Center Orchestral Studies Institute, the London Symphony Orchestra Youth Institutes, and as a member of the world-renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble. He has also performed and recorded with talented song-writers in the US and abroad and is comfortable in a wide variety of styles.
Langford holds a Master of Music degree and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and he is the Founder of Remnants Collaborative Arts.
He resides west of Denver in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife, violist Nicole Langford.