Originally from West Hartford, Conn., Matt Frazao moved to Baltimore to attend The Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a degree in classical guitar performance. At the start of 2009, he co-founded the Out of Your Head music collective with bassist Adam Hopkins to help expand the creative music scene in Baltimore. Frazao, 31, now co-curates the series with Jon Birkholz, arranging for groups of musicians who have never rehearsed or played together before to perform sets of improvised, original music. Along the way, Frazao has been playing and recording with several other bands including Soul Cannon, Quartet Offensive and many more. This week, the Baltimore musician talks to b about wobble bass, delicious sandwiches and more.
Worst pet peeve? Noodlers in rehearsal
What's on your iPod? An absurd amount of music. Lately I've been listening a lot to Whoarfrost's new album, Turn Around Norman's new album and Yeveto's new album. Also James Blake.
What song are you hating/loving right now? I've had Ornette Coleman's tune "Peace'" stuck in my head for around six months. That one.
Last concert you went to? Little Women, Deradoorian, Susan Alcorn at The Windup Space. It was great.
Your worst habit? Forgetting to eat when I'm working on something
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Wobble bass. Wob wob wob wobwobwobwobwobwob. Never die, wobble bass ... never die.
Favorite band? Soul Cannon and Quartet Offensive, but I'm admittedly biased as a member of both.
Favorite instrument? The ondes Martenot [an electronic instrument with a theremin-like sound]
Last movie you liked/disliked? "Cat Soup." It was a bizarre animated Japanese short that made me feel good about my body.
TV shows you can't get enough of? "Louie," "Breaking Bad"
Favorite book you recently read? "Autobiography of Mark Twain"
Last great meal you had? The Nick-Mechen at Bolton Deli. It's an improvised sandwich ... Always a surprise, never a let down.
Food you hate? Endives. Duck blood soup is also pretty gross.
Favorite place to get a drink? The Windup Space.
Favorite quote/saying? "Nothing is true, everything is permitted," [attributed to] Hassan-i Sabbah
Source of inspiration? The present moment
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The genuine nature of the people who live here
AS TOLD TO LAURA LEFAVOR, B
If you go
What: Out of Your Head collective
When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Where: The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., Station North
Info: outofyourhead.org and thewindupspace.com
Matt Frazao, Out of Your Head co-founder
Matt Frazao (December 28, 2011)