New York-based musician Matt Aument feels very lucky. An orchestrator and arranger for live theatre, he has created charts for some truly incredible performers–Victoria Clark, Kristin Chenoweth, Nathan Lee Graham–and heard them performed in some legendary spaces–Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, and the Kennedy Center–and has been allowed to arrange for a wide variety of players and ensembles–symphony orchestra, chamber group, rock-band-with-a-harp.
Aument is particularly involved in the development of new works. Recent projects have included pieces by Sam Willmott, Dan Fishback, and Shaina Taub’s Twelfth Night at the Delacorte in Central Park. He teamed up with drag personality Martha Graham Cracker to create intimate micro-shows in Room 202 of the Washington Square Hotel. In cabaret, Matt has joined Molly Pope for shows at the Duplex and concocts arrangements for Seth Sikes’ Judy and Liza tribute shows at 54 Below.
Aument adapted and arranged the score for the 2015 Broadway revival of Lerner & Loewe’s Gigi, also playing in the orchestra and sometimes conducting. Going for the hat trick, he recast the score of Camelot with a new take on the orchestrations for Drury Lane Theater in Chicago, and music-directed My Fair Lady last winter. This season, he’s music-directing the American transfer of Tooting Arts Club’s site-specific Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre.