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Matthew Tran-Adams is a Toronto-based composer whose works are performed throughout North America. His interest in world music and folk songs have generated a variety of unique works which feature and integrate various cultures. His works have been performed by groups such as the Carson City Symphony (Nevada, USA), The Brampton Symphony (Brampton, Canada), The Brock University Chorale (St. Catharines, Canada), The Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada) and The Vancouver Chinese Choir Association.

Born in Niagara Falls, Matthew has worked extensively as a composer, performer, educator, historian, writer, and editor. His work experience is varied in that he has been head of an integrated arts department at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, curriculum writer, church music director, piano accompanist, flautist, harpist, rock and Celtic musician, and lounge pianist. Matthew writes regularly for the journal, The Canadian Music Educator where he explores the topic of antiracism in music education. His other passion is Canadian history and he often uses historical events as inspiration for his work. His work Gold Mountain Elegy, performed recently by the Vancouver Chinese Choir Association is dedicated to Chinese-Canadians who risked and lost their lives building the railroad across Canada.

In 2005, Matthew was runner up in the Foundation Orchestra Association's International Composition Competition with his work The Refugee Child which is dedicated to the Vietnamese Boat people who risked their lives to escape Vietnam. This piece incorporates a children's folk song Ly Ngua O (The Black Horse) to depict a child's journey from the security and familiarity of home to an unknown and possibly dangerous future.

Matthew currently teaches Music Education at OISE/University of Toronto and works as a freelance musician specializing in harp, piano, flute and voice. He lives in Toronto with his partner Patrick and their two siamese cats.

Matthew Tran-Adams Matthew Tran-Adams, Toronto, Canada

  • A Comment on Tova G. Kardonne's
    A9 to Jaffna - string quartet version at 4.19
    on April 28, 2014 19:34

    Very cool!! So nice to hear your work with string quartet.

  • A Comment on Athy The Electric Harper's
    Lágrimas En La Oscuridad (from Sabour a Tiershra) at 1.32
    on March 27, 2014 17:18

    Beautiful! Did you write this?

  • A Comment on Steven Hawson's
    Shandon Bells / The Widow Brady at 0.24
    on March 27, 2014 04:59

    The playing is so clean. I love the feel of this tune!

  • A Comment on YZ1's
    Everything Is Illuminated (432Hz) at 0.12
    on March 26, 2014 23:57

    Oh, I can really hear the 432 in this . . . maybe because it's piano. Very cool that you're doing this!! :)

  • A Comment on Huseyin Kilic's
    Retrochild at 0.15
    on March 26, 2014 00:24

    Nice mix of classic sounds with an upbeat modern tune! Love it!

  • A Comment on Scarzix's
    Connected at 1.11
    on March 26, 2014 00:17

    Love the groove of this!!

  • A Comment on manganoid's
    Da Enigma (Read description) at 3.39
    on March 26, 2014 00:13

    What an awesome piece!! I love all the voice samples :)

  • A Comment on C64.sk Music Compos's
    Dont Stop til You Get Enough - C64 cover by 6R6 at 0.17
    on March 25, 2014 23:56

    Can't believe you got the MJ voice :)

  • A Comment on C64.sk Music Compos's
    One Must Fall 2097 - C64 cover by ilesj at 0.19
    on March 25, 2014 23:55

    Love the energy of this. A nice mix of using mostly C64 sounds with that drumbeat.

  • A Comment on C64.sk Music Compos's
    Olsen Banden - C64 cover by Rayne at 0.07
    on March 25, 2014 23:51

    Love the feeling of this . . . this reminds me of Paperboy . . . or what was that game where you knocked people out of their seats in a classroom. Awesome work :)

  • A Comment on spiritualmatrix's
    Medieval Music - Italian salta at 0.27
    on March 31, 2013 22:36

    So much fun! Love it :)

  • A Comment on SpokerDuck's
    Adriano Sangineto Vs SpokerDuck - Altea [ PREVI... at 0.32
    on March 13, 2013 15:41

    That's not a real harp is it?

  • A Comment on concretism's
    Attack Warning Red [Alt. mix] at 0.17
    on January 13, 2013 06:03

    Great to hear another track with that instrument sound!! Love it.

  • A Comment on wfarer's
    Paced soundtrack - Why Was I Born (source) at 0.16
    on January 10, 2013 06:12

    It's amazing how different this one feels from the vinyl one. I get a very different sense. Very cool piece!

  • A Comment on ♫ Richard Ll. Williams's
    Carol at 0.13
    on December 23, 2012 20:57

    I love the rhythms in this piece!! Did you arrange it?

  • A Comment on Matthew Tran-Adams's
    The Huron Carol (Pagan Version) at 1.20
    on December 19, 2012 15:44
  • A Comment on concretism's
    ~ Microwave Towers (melody and reverse elements) ~ at 0.14
    on December 04, 2012 03:17

    I love this sound! Feels like I'm watching a documentary in the 70s or 80s.

  • A Comment on TangerineKitty's
    Tangerine Kitty - Dumb Ways To Die at 0.40
    on November 24, 2012 07:30

    This is my new favourite song!! Thanks :)

  • A Comment on Diego Gongora's
    Dumb Ways To Die at 0.28
    on November 24, 2012 07:29

    Nice cover! Love this song!!

  • A Comment on Celticcrunch's
    Lad O'Beirnes, Dowds Favourite and Mouth of Tob... at 2.17
    on November 18, 2012 17:38

    Love this set! Loved when Sharon Shannon did it . . . sounds great when you do it!!

  • A Comment on GALINA's
    Love (Until the Sun Comes Up) (Featuring: Scarl... at 0.35
    on November 16, 2012 22:00

    Love the harmonies in this!!

  • A Comment on John P Stockdale's
    x 31 at 1.35
    on November 15, 2012 13:33

    @László KLINDA: Yes, I thought it sounded Hungarian too.

  • A Comment on Kellianna's
    Kellianna - I Walk with the Goddess at 0.06
    on November 13, 2012 13:14

    This is one of my favourite Pagan songs. I play it at every Equinox and Sabbat ritual. As someone who loves gospel-style music and doesn't always want to hear about Jesus . . . I really appreciate this track!!! It's very meaningful. Thank you!! :)

  • A Comment on Celticcrunch's
    Foxhunters and Sligo Maid at 0.13
    on November 13, 2012 06:06

    Great feel!

  • A Comment on Kevin McCormack 1's
    Spancill Hill at 1.02
    on November 13, 2012 06:05

    A great voice! Reminds me of the Clancy Brothers :)

  • A Comment on kellycdb's
    B tunes rehearsal at 0.12
    on November 13, 2012 06:04

    Great sound :)

  • A Comment on concretism's
    The Wiccan Circle at 0.17
    on November 13, 2012 04:51

    @concretism: Then it's absolutely brilliant!! I would love to learn how to do that.

  • A Comment on emershearerharp's
    O'Carolan's Concerto at 0.09
    on November 12, 2012 01:56

    This is one of my favourites to play. You have a great light feel!!

  • A Comment on emershearerharp's
    Jig - Jig variation taken from The Jointure at 0.09
    on November 12, 2012 01:56

    A really nice tune played very well!! :) Very impressed with the repeated notes.

  • A Comment on concretism's
    The Wiccan Circle at 0.17
    on November 12, 2012 01:37

    I love that old retro sound melody. Are you playing something or was that part of some recording you sampled?

  • A Comment on Rockgurl's
    Wiccan Dreams at 1.34
    on November 12, 2012 01:35

    Cool tune! I like it.

  • A Comment on psy-dog's
    Wiccan fire dance at 0.02
    on November 12, 2012 01:33

    I love the surprise notes in the melody here!!

  • A Comment on kenyons's
    Wiccan feline trance at 0.12
    on November 12, 2012 01:32

    Such a cool title I had to listen. Cool sounds :)

  • A Comment on Fawkes__'s
    Mayhem (Astral Koma Part I) at 0.55
    on November 12, 2012 01:29

    Love the mix of voices!

  • A Comment on Iamjameslewis's
    James Lewis - Greatness (DatPiff Exclusive) fro... at 2.05
    on November 10, 2012 07:50

    You have a great sound. The rhymes are so smooth :)

  • A Comment on Thirteen Lions's
    A Sinking Ship at 0.08
    on November 10, 2012 07:39

    Are those the sounds from C64's Space Taxi??? :)

  • A Comment on Thirteen Lions's
    Love, Come Save Me (Right Away Great Captain! C... at 0.32
    on November 10, 2012 07:38

    I like this finger picking pattern :)

  • A Comment on Matthew Tran-Adams's
    Wab Kinew Harp Remix at 1.54
    on November 08, 2012 20:16

    @DJ Michietek: Thanks! It's my first time I've tried remixing . . . I'm mostly a "classical composer" and folk musician. I want to play with this a lot more. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • A Comment on georgegao's
    Dance of Youth 青春舞曲 at 5.05
    on November 06, 2012 15:35

    Love this tune! Bought it a while back and listen to it all the time :) Thanks.

  • A Comment on SoulUnion's
    Crazy at 0.01
    on November 05, 2012 21:45

    Cool sound! What is that instrument?

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