Drummer,songwriter,and producer Matt Chamberlain is an in demand performer and studio musician whose eclectic talents found him working in various genres from rock to classical, jazz, and the avant-garde. Chamberlain started playing in the mid 80’s Deep Ellum scene in Dallas where he started the Band Ten Hands, Billygoat and eventually joined Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. He stayed with Brickell until the band’s initial breakup in 1990 and appeared on the group’s sophomore album, Ghost Of A Dog. From there, Chamberlain joined fledgling Seattle rock outfit Pearl Jam to temporarily fill in on a tour. He then moved to NYC and spent a season with the Saturday Night Live Band from 1991 to 1992. After leaving SNL, Chamberlain based himself out of Seattle and embarked on a fruitful career as a gun for hire. He has racked up an impressive list of credits appearing on albums/tours by David Bowie, Fiona Apple, The Master Muscians of Jajouka, Soundgarden, Bill Frisell, Tori Amos, Morrissey, Phantogram, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Brad Mehldau and many others, as well as soundtrack work with Hans Zimmer and Jon Brion. Along with his freelance work, Chamberlain has kept busy with his own projects, including founding the genre-bending instrumental outfit Critters Buggin’ with saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser, and vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillion.
In 2005, he made his solo debut with the eponymous Matt Chamberlain album on Trey Spruance’s Web Of Mimicry label. He then helped to create Floratone with guitarist Bill Frisell and made 2007’s Floratone 1 and Floratone 2 in 2012. In 2012 he also released his follow up solo record, Company 23 on his own Yanki Arc Record Label. Chamberlain was also a founding member of the Improvisational group-“The Slow Music Project” with Bill Rieflin (Keyboards,Electronic drums), Robert Fripp (Guitar), Peter Buck (Guitar), Hector Zazou (synths) and Fred Chalenor on bass. Chamberlain then paired with pianist Brian Haas for the 2013 album Frames, which showcased the duo’s genre-straddling mix of instrumental jazz, avant grade classical music, and experimental rock. In 2016 Chamberlain and Haas returned with their second collaboration, Prometheus Risen. In 2016 Chamberlain also released his third solo record, Comet B on his own Yanki Arc Records.