Matt studied trumpet and piano at the London College of Music and has gone on to become a leading orchestrator, arranger and conductor, who has also developed a successful parallel career as a talented film, tv and theatre composer. He has worked on over 130 movies, everything from Black Swan, to Inception, to Moulin Rouge. He has also worked with recording artists such as Massive Attack, Patti Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, Elliot Smith, Nick Cave and Catatonia. He has conducted all of the UK's top orchestras as well as international ensembles such as The Los Angeles Philharmonic (at The Hollywood Bowl), and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (at the Sydney Opera House). Matt has scored two feature films, a number of network series for British Television as well as music for adverts and production libraries. For the theatre, he wrote and arranged a ground-breaking arena version of Peter Pan: The Neverending Story, that is currently on a world tour, and he has just completed the score to Flanders Fields, a theatre piece set alongside a war grave cemetery in Belgium. He has now made the venture out into the world of writing albums.
"Six Cycles" is the much-anticipated debut from one of the world's leading orchestrators, arrangers and conductors.
Having worked on films such as 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight' and 'Black Swan', and with artists such as Patti Smith, Nick Cave, U2 and Kronos Quartet, as well as a successful composer for film and television, it was only a matter of time before Matt Dunkley released his own album.
Dunkley reveals, "the inspiration for the six pieces that comprise 'Six Cycles' all derive from disparate sources, whether it a piece of poetry, a painting or the emotion of personal loss. Initially they seemed to be unrelated, but as I listened to them as a whole, a sense of them belonging together slowly emerged, forming a true "cycle". I want the listener to discover their own world within my music, hence the willfully enigmatic titles."
Recorded with the renowned Babelsberg Film Orchestra, the result is a rich and nuanced cinematic soundscape, replete with stirring builds of Wagnerian grandeur.