Marcio Mattos (* March 20, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro) learned acoustic guitar as a teenager and, influenced by jazz, switched to bass as an autodidact. During his training at the Villa-Lobos Institute in Rio, he became more intensively involved with improvisation and with electronic music. In 1970 he migrated to Great Britain, where he first worked with John Surman, John Stevens and Keith Tippett. He recorded with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and played in Ken Hyder's Talisker before becoming a member of Eddie Prévost's quartet. He performed in various formations of Elton Dean and with Derek Bailey, but also with Dewey Redman and with Marilyn Crispell. He has also worked with ballet companies such as Ballet Rambert and the Extemporary Dance Theatre Company, as well as making electroacoustic music with the West Square Electronic Music Ensemble. He has also worked with Georg Gräwe's GrubenklangOrchester, in various formations around Evan Parker, with Chris Burn and with Tony Oxley's Celebration Orchestra. He has performed with Chris Biscoe, Brian Godding and Tony Marsh as Full Monte and improvised with Maggie Nicols, with Michael Vatcher, with Paul Dunmall and with John Butcher. He is a member of the Bardo State Orchestra and the London Improvisers Orchestra, plays with Phil Minton, Fred Van Hove and Martin Blume in the group AXON, and performs in Japan with musicians such as Shiku Yano, Akemi Kuniyoshi, Sabu Toyozumi and Keiko Midorikawa. In 2006 he appeared with Evan Parker's Transatlantic Art Ensemble on their album Boustrophedon.
Marcio Mattos has been active as a visual artist since training at Goldsmiths College (1981 to 1984); he works especially with sound and has presented his work internationally in various galleries and exhibitions.
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