Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader, Matt Ulery, has developed an
instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase
structures, expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire
spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk– specifically American, South American,
Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric
bass, but doubles on tuba.
For a decade, Ulery has been the leader of his own groups and frequent collaborator.
Ulery has produced and released 6 albums of all original music under his name
including his three most recent releases of critical acclaim, “By a Little Light,” “Wake an
Echo,” and “In the Ivory,” on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music record label in 2012-2014.
Ulery earned a Master of Music degree at Depaul University and Bachelors degree in
music composition at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
and has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Phil Markowitz, Jimmy Chamberlin,
Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker, Zach Brock,
and many others. As a composer, Ulery has collaborated with ensembles such as eighth
blackbird and the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago.
When not touring parts of the U.S. and Europe, Matt appears regularly in the Chicago
area music venues and has performed with his groups at prestigious venues such as
Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago
Cultural Center, The Krannert Center, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, The Metro and
countless other fine music listening rooms.

Master of Music (composition) from DePaul University
Bachelor of Music (composition) from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt

Awards Received
Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists – 2013
New Music USA Composers Assistance Program – Recording Award 2011
Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 2010
Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 2009
Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 2008

Artistic Activity
Performing for 17 years with hundreds of groups
Composition of over 200 pieces
Steadily teaches music clinics and workshops around the country on jazz, bass,
composition, improvisation, and folk music.
Current bassist and musical director with Grazyna Auguscik
Current bassist, composer and arranger in Eastern Blok, featuring Goran Ivanovic
Current bassist and sole composer for Matt Ulery’s “Loom” and larger ensembles
A first call free lance bassist in Chicago
Tours the U.S. and Europe over 100 dates per year (in addition to local performances)
Has released 6 full length albums of original compositions under his name

Sharing Knowledge
Teaches jazz composition and bass at Loyola University in Chicago

Guest artist master classes and clinics (bass, improvisation, composition, Balkan folk
music, music philosophy) given at:

Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City
Marshall University
Triton College
Northern Illinois University
North Eastern Illinois University
DePaul University
Elgin Community College
Empire State College
Grand Valley State University
Ithaca College and High School
Lewis University
New Trier High School
Princeton University
Schaumburg High School
The Francis Parker School
University of Pittsburgh

Albums Released as a Leader
“Music Box Ballerina” – Matt Ulery’s “Loom” – Woolgathering Records 2008
“Themes and Scenes” – Matt Ulery (cinema and orchestra) – Woolgathering Records
“The Queen” 10 inch vinyl single – Whistler Records 2010
“Flora.Fauna.Fervor.” – Matt Ulery’s “Loom” – 482 Music January 2011
“By a Little Light” (double CD) – Matt Ulery (14 piece chamber jazz ensemble) –
Greenleaf Music 2012
“Wake an Echo” – Matt Ulery’s Loom – Greenleaf Music July 2013
“In the Ivory” (double CD) – Matt Ulery (14 piece chamber jazz ensemble) – Greenleaf
Music 2014