Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts – *NEW SOLO SET!*
8.6.16 - 7:30 PM - 17405 Lahser Rd - Detroit - Large Courtyard


7:30 PM – Saturday August 6th
Large Courtyard

For many years I’ve been investing energy and curiosity into my evolution as a percussionist, composer, and producer. Crafting sound on all accounts but in different streams of creation and on radically different temporal scales. In one stream being a vessel for the improvisatory Intuition (capital “I”) that realizes transient sonic possibilities and in a flash un-preciously leaves them behind. In another, basking in and nurturing the same momentary sonic gesture for days/weeks/months until it’s found its home.

About 9 months ago I started working on a new solo set of music written for the confluence of these streams of creation. Live drums, live vocals, samples, loops, textures, all colliding and interacting in an environment of composition and randomization.

On a musical and spiritual level, this music is an exploration of degrees of control. It is an inquiry into the limits of control. The ease/suffering that manifest out of clarity/confusion around those limits. The ever shifting nature of those limits. The responsibility to question what is possible.

This set is still a work in progress – I’m super excited/nervous/curious to take it out for a test run and share it with y’all at Sidewalk Festival 2016!

Cornish/Alwin/Daher @ Spread Art @detroitcontemporary
3.12.16 - 9 PM - Spread Art @detroitcontemporary - 5141 Rosa Parks

Wasabi Dream
Botanical Fortress

Join in on this gathering for your mind, and bring your ears to another sound spaceout of local psychedelia & post-vocalist improvisation. A FULL AUDIO/VISUAL SOUND EXPERIENCE.

New directions in sound, sponsored by The Fortress Family.

Daher / Malis / Harbert @ Teatro Chico: Living Artists
2.27.16 - 7 PM - Ford Resource and Engagement Center - 2826 Bagley - Detroit, MI

Join us on Saturday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. for our sixth installment of Teatro Chico, our community performance series! Teatro Chico: Living Artists will showcase the musical, dance and poetry talents of some of our extraordinary teaching artists: Audra Kubat, Stephanie Nava, Billy Mark, and Daher/Malis/Harbert. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a hands-on art workshop suitable for all ages, the performances begin at 7:00 p.m. A suggeted donation of $5.00 per person helps Living Arts bring quality community arts programming to Southwest Detroit.

Polyfold Presents @ Trinosophes
1.29.16 - 8 PM - Trinosophes - 1464 Gratiot - Detroit, MI

Please join us on Friday January 29th for our first offical ‘Polyfold Presents’ show here in Detroit.

Music provided by:
The Ian Finkelstein Group
The Glenn Tucker Organ Trio
Matthew Daher
Marcus Elliot/Alex Levine Quintet
The debut of the Polyfold Large Ensemble (featuring everyone!)

POLYFOLD is a collective of composer/improvisers based in Detroit. We are made up of long-time friends and colleagues who have come together to support the creation, presentation, and ongoing development of creative music, and to foster artistic expression through education and outreach.

$8 suggested

Dura / Daher – Tape Release Show (Ann Arbor)
1.23 .16 - 8 PM - Canterbury House - 721 E. Huron - Ann Arbor, MI

Dura Daher Cover
Second show of the weekend, as a farewell to Dura as he goes back to DC shortly after the night ends. Celebrating the split release Dura / Daher on Atrium. Copies will be available for sale at the event.

Dura – Traveling from DC, slow guitar layering that melts your heart.

Matthew Daher – Electroacoustic producer and free jazz percussionist. Sends out inviting tones with beautiful textures and fluid movements.

Nephew – Computer chaos held together by synth drones.

Theodore Schafer – Processed piano

$5 – $10 Sliding Scale
Doors 8:30 / Show at 9

Dura / Daher – Tape Release Show
1.22.16 - 8 PM - Spread Art @detroitcontemporary - 5141 Rosa Parks

Dura Daher Cover
‘Dura / Daher’ is a split by ambient producers Mattson Ogg (D.C.) and Matthew Daher (Detroit); longtime friends and collaborators previously both based in Montreal. Dura’s side of the split, ‘Smoke Spirits,’ sees Ogg infusing his signature shimmering guitar textures with rounded, glowling synth tones, rooting them as they are tossed ’round in the winter winds that conceived them. Daher’s side, ‘But My Hands Move Right Through You… And Collide With Lively Hands Beyond You’ – sees his voices as an electroacoustic producer and free-jazz drummer unifying in an episodic narrative of finding hope in grief.

‘Dura / Daher’ is the 8th release in the output of Atrium Tapes (Theodore Schafer). The release show will feature performances by

Matthew Daher
Theodore Schafer
Erik Maluchnik

$5 – $10 Sliding Scale
Doors 8:00 / Show at 8:30

Spread Art – Creative [ ] Incubator End of the Year Party
12.30.15 - 8 PM - Spread Art @ detroitcontemporary - 5141 Rosa Parks

If you have ever been to a Creative Incubator then you know what to expect. If you have not then please join us for a night of multi discipline creativity and improvisation as we close out 2015! Confirmed artists include, James Cornish, Miçhåel Målis, Thomas Bell, Patrick Behnke, Stefanie Cohen, Corey Gearhart, Christina deRoos, Ben Willis, Valerie Kuehne, Marianne Brass, Rachael Ahn Harbert, Jonathan Taylor, Zach Hill, Maatchoo Blessyou Daher, Nicholas Arthur Tallidis, Rosemarie Wilson and more TBA.

Daher Malis Duo – POLYFOLD Collective Showcase @ Shapeshifter (NY)
12.18.15 - 7 PM - Shapeshifter Lab - 18 Whitwell Pl - Brooklyn, New York


Polyfold, a musical arts collective based in Detroit, presents a full evening of music, with five sets by diverse ensembles. Music starts at 7:00, $10 at the door.
Amanezca –
Molly Jones – saxophones, flute
Charmaine Lee – voice
Chris McCarthy – piano
Marty Jaffe – bass
Phil McNeal – drums

A Fate Supreme –
Rafael Statin – saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
Ben Rolston – bass
Alex White – drums

Malis-Daher Duo –
Michael Malis – piano, rhodes
Matthew Daher – drums, electronics

Ambitus –
Aakash Mittal – alto saxophone
Jake Shadik – saxophones
Alex Levine – guitar
Ben Rolston – bass
Jon Taylor – drums

Alex Levine Quartet –
Alex Levine – guitar
Caleb Curtis – alto saxophone
Francois Moutin – bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell – drums