To Be Sure
To Be Sure is a project focused on performing and commissioning accessible solo marimba work, innovative chamber music, and general percussive nonsense. To Be Sure is community driven and focused on brining engaging chamber music, to unexpected places. Recently Nathan completed a cross country tour, promoting his self-titled solo record To Be Sure, a minimalist-pop, solo marimba album.
To Be Sure has recorded one full length record (2017) and a demo tape (2018) and is currently working on two records to be released in early 2019.
To Be Sure has commissioned the following work from the following creative individuals
Elliot Cole - a ray of living light
Skyler Hill - Themes for Now
Krissy Lassiter - What Helps You Grow
Eric Mathews - For You, Nathan
Rob Funkhauser - Chant Mechanics
Dr. Mark Lewis - Untitled Project
Isabel Crespo - Untitled Project
Krissy Lassiter - Untitled Project
Meredith Butterworth - Untitled Project
Sounds for Reheating the Same Cup of Coffee (2018)
This demo tape is two experiments. Side A is a solo marimba adaptation of a beautiful, emo-influenced composition, originally scored for hammer dulcimer. Side B is a collection of small acoustic sounds from 5 wonderful friends, layered on top of one another, to create a blanket of sound.
Homebody was originally written by Andrea Mazzariello for David Degge and scored for hammer dulcimer, bass drum, hi-hat, and voice. Andrea has graciously allowed Nathan to interpret and perform this piece on marimba. Audio by John Nipe
Paper City is strongly influenced by Pauline Oliveros's "Papericity". This was performed and recorded by Nathan Matthews, Lindsey Bargar, Brandon Byron, Mady Sadinsky, Samuel Carter, and Charlie Watts.
To Be Sure (2017)
This self-titled release consists of two pieces for solo marimba, "a ray of living light" and "Themes for Now", which were commissioned from respective composers (and non-marimba players) Elliot Cole and Skyler Hill. The result of the commissions is a fresh step in marimba literature, created by two imaginative, talented, and charming individuals, whose work I hope to have presented adequately. These commissions were an attempt to highlight the reflective, humble, and accessible nature of the instrument, which is often replaced with pigeonholed, scholarly endeavors, aimed towards other percussionists. Emotion, simplicity, beauty, and accessibility, often get overshadowed by technicality, masculinity, "licks", and the inherent need to lock solo marimba in a purely academic setting, abandoned upon graduation. The work on this record is performed on an instrument I love, written by people whose spirit and heart I believe in. That's all.
Regardless of familiarity with this instrument, I hope you enjoy..