Cannot Not
New CD released on Sub Rosa label featuring Mark Knoop performing Popular Contexts and works by Peter Ablinger.



Matthew Shlomowitz (b. 1975) is a composer of concert music and performance pieces. Raised in Adelaide, Australia, he now lives in London. He is Lecturer in Composition at University of Southampton, and co-directs the new music ensemble Plus Minus with Joanna Bailie.

Left, Right, Up, Down, Pogo performed by Manuel Zurria

He has composed works for groups such as asamisimasa, bESIdES, Calefax, Ensemble Offspring, EXAUDI, Ives Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, Ricciotti Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Wespoke New Music Company and extended works for Mark Knoop and Stephane Ginsburgh.

He has two ongoing projects: Popular Contexts, a series of pieces that investigate everyday and popular culture (often combining field recordings with instrumental music), and Letter Pieces, which combine physical actions, music and text. He formed the Letter Piece Company with dancer Shila Anaraki and together they created a one hour theatre work, A to Zzz, for five performers that was premièred at Vooruit in Gent in February 2012.


  • Artist in Residence at the electronic music studios Centre Henri Pousseur in Liège in 2011
  • Co-directed the Chisenhale Art Club (2010/11), a monthly event series combining music, dance and live art
  • Co-founded and co-directed (2005–2008) the inter-art performance series Rational Rec
  • Programme Collaborator for the 2009 and 2010 Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway
  • Studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Bozidar Kos, privately with Michael Finnissy, and at Stanford University where Brian Ferneyhough supervised his doctorate.