100 Colorado Creatives: Matthew Hunzeker

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Matthew Hunzeker in the studio with some of his creations.
#55: Matthew Hunzeker

Back in January, our first 100CC subject in 2013, artist Donald Fodness, chose Matthew Hunzeker -- a northern Colorado ambient musician who performs using hybrid instruments of his own invention -- as his favorite Colorado Creative. It was an intriguing choice, purposely drawn from outside Fodness's own artistic milieu. Hunzeker, he explained, is a creative loner operating far outside the norm, in an off-the-grid world of his own making.

See also:

- 100 Colorado Creatives: Donald Fodness
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Mark McCoin
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Michael Stanwood

As Fodness said of Hunzeker:

He performs Folk Noir as a one-man band with instruments he pieces together using various cultural detritus. These instruments recall the bedpan guitar or cookie-tin banjo, but he also incorporates electronic parts and found digital samples. In addition to his music, I am really inspired by his hermetic lifestyle. He lives off the grid in a small rural studio, collecting water and living in rhythm with the sun. It reminds me of when I used to have a converted chicken coop as a studio and live in my van.

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That works for us. Hunzeker will perform as part of tomorrow night's Gorinto program, Homemade Instrument Showcase Redux, at the Mercury Cafe; he'll be creating drones and loops using everything from bone horns to a sitar-guitar hybrid. Music begins at 8 p.m.; admission is $5 and food is available for an additional $5. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

In preparation for the performance, we asked Hunzeker to answer our 100CC questionnaire. Continue reading for his take on the artist's experience.

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Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Matthew Hunzeker: That's a hard question. I couldn't pick one specific person in to collaborate with; there are too many choices throughout history and I have many interests. I would say that I would love to collaborate with scientists doing work with regard to sound. Also, I would love to collaborate with scientists or researchers who work in the field of neuroscience. I would really like to collaborate with people who work with sound and music who could add to my work with a more scientifically based concept. One example would be to work with a researcher that does work to explain and understand different sound frequencies and how they affect the body, brain and mind. I'd like to have a better scientific understanding of what I do with my own music and sound art; collaborating in this area of interest would be exciting to me.

Continue reading for more from Matthew Hunzeker.


Location Info

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


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Spiritual? This is a guy who hasn't attempted to contact his own daughter more than once in the last 14 months and threatens his kids' mom with jail/harassment charges simply for trying to communicate everyday issues.

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Donald Fodness: You'll be hearing from at least a couple of these folks very shortly!

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Donald Fodness

Tyler Beard, Laura Shill, Derrick Velasquez, Rebecca Peebles and Danette Montoya of Groundwell, Xi Zhang (he still has one foot here), Stephen Martonis, Kara Duncan, Mike Bernhard, Rebecca Vaughan, Lanny DeVuono,Tobias Fike. Christina Battle, Adan La Garza.

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