Silver Pickup

sound of the blinker clink clink

dusty smell of soft carpet seats

distortion on FM radio

KSCS Fort Worth Dallas

open the door from the outside

metallic crush slam

at the rodeo

tejano music

rusty hinge gates

climb steep steps

sit and watch and listen

to a twangy anthem

horses and cows ignite

clowns catch themselves on fire

stars slowly set

on a red dirt evening

pink purple and blue

it felt to watch something with you

on backroads lights

a tunnel of oak branches

silver comet in twilight evening

classic car omen of fading

forgetting where you were

and in your fear, lost

and in loss, losing

driving privileges 

God Called

~ I woke up early and ready to break free. The morning was cold, and so instead of going to the lake like usual, Juanita makes the baptistry in front of her church. Touched up religious figures, paper maché angels, crucifixes, cinder blocks, and a clunky-grey-plastic stock tank fill the scene. The long green garden hose slowly and patiently, fills the pool with water. clear water. She’s worried about the water being cold. She’s bringing pots of boiling water from the house to warm the waters. "In Jesus name." The love pouring. It’s a set that you might encounter in someone’s outdoor garden patio, before they watch hdtv to make sure they are doing it right, you know, according to the expert standards. They are not here. The odd symmetry of the crucifix’s melted form, from rain, pierces the distance between me and Juanita, and she invites me in. And there I am dunked headfirst as she prays over my submerged body. Surrounded by the poor, off-kilter angels, addicts, the children, the outcasts, the disorders. A strange disarray of grey beauty. And I’m welcome here as they circle around me congratulating me and hugging, continuing into the joyful clamor of Swing Low Sweet Chariot, sang by the women and the clapping all over. They can’t keep time without Juanita. Its all washing over me now. In the slow waves an image of Juanita with her arms outstretched. The ripples reflecting a moment of salvation. Revelation. There is no delight in being “above" others. The calling is to go “below.” She brought me down to earth. Jaded by the angst of American society, biting and scratching in a world ruled by fear. I’m at home now, with God, broke on the side of the highway. And my heart as I go overflows with love and heat. For this ministry and for her.

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Mozart: Mass in C minor

Join me and my colleagues on Sunday 20 September for Mozart's Mass in C minor k.  427 as performed by the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. I'll be in the trombone section in case you didn't already know! Come listen to some classical music and enjoy the view of the church, which has kind of a cool name, I think... And for my trombone friends - this mass is no joke! The address is located below.

St. Pius X Church

4300 North Market Street

Shreveport, Louisiana


 All are welcome! Peace this weekend.

Chatauqua Institute

I'm writing this morning from NYC where I'm traveling with my collaborator, Eve Beglarian to western New York for a one week residency at the Chautauqua Institute. Eve and I have been working on a project about Houston's Cleveland Turner aka The Flower Man and his life and art. So, we're visiting Chautauqua as part of that process and learning about the act of "vanishing" for the next week.

After that, we are traveling to Michigan and Vermont to do some video work on separate music/video project where we are visiting every city in the U.S. called Brandon. So far we have been to the ones in Vermont, Mississippi, and Texas. Next are Brandon(s) Michigan and New York!

Looking forward to developing both of these projects more and sharing, slowly.


March 8, 2015: Concert of Requiems

I'll be performing on an eclectic concert of famous requiems by Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach. This concert is presented by First United Methodist Church, Shreveport with Centenary College's Chamber Choir featuring musicians from professional symphonies in the North Louisiana Area.

The concert will take place at First United Methodist Church ( 500 Common St. Shreveport Lousiana 71101). The program begins Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3pm.

The program includes:

Beethoven - "Agnus Dei" from Missa Solemnis

Brahms - German Requiem: mvts 2 & 4

Bach - Cantata 106 "Actus Tragicus"

Sacred as Folk - Encore Screening

The premier of our feature documentary, Sacred as Folk, was a huge success! Thanks vastly to all the parties involved for supporting our first SOLD OUT event. The response was so strong that the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum has booked an encore screening.

Sacred as Folk - Encore Screening

Date: February 10, 2015

Location: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum (800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA, 71457)

Time: 6-9pm

Reception sponsored by Maglieaux's

Come see what the buzz is all about, and read the review by Randall T. Hayes here,

Sacred as Folk - Premier Screening

Filmmakers Matt Petty and David Steele will be premiering their feature documentary titled Sacred as Folk on Tuesday 27 January 2015 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame/Northwest Louisiana History Museum located in downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana.

"Sacred As Folk is a documentary that explores the world of Brother Michael David Elvestrom. Considered a small-town eccentric, and misunderstood by many locals, Brother Michael David shares a glimpse of his life as a Franciscan monk, musician, artist and hermit in this intimate film about finding spirituality through art. -Matt Petty, filmmaker"

Admission will be $10 at the door with a special discount for FLASH members. A reception will be held beginning at 6pm followed by a screening of the film at 6:15pm. There will also be a brief Q&A session following the film. Come enjoy our work!

First Annual 45 Second Video Show

My colleagues and I at Northwestern State University are curating NSU's first annual 45 Second Video Art Show. The idea is to have a streaming channel of these shorts to honor the traditions of video art in combination with the millennial introduction of "shorts" such as those seen on Vine, and other forms of video as a social media. 

We have had good coverage of this event so far in local news and online and hope to have a large number of entries. Entries are limited to 2 per person, over the age of 18. There is a $5 entry fee per video. Submissions are due by October 22. The screening will take place on November 19. More information about this event can be found through this link, or in the PDF provided below.


Matt Petty Selected to Attend Watermill Center's International Summer Program

I'll be participating in this summer's International Summer Program at the Watermill Center in New York. For the past 20 years, The Watermill Center has hosted an International Summer Program led by Artistic Director, Robert Wilson. Each summer, approximately 65 artists from almost 30 countries gather at Watermill’s Long Island, NY six-acre campus. Participants spend two - five weeks in intense creative exploration which provides a unique opportunity to learn from established professionals, particularly the development and performance methodologies of Robert Wilson and his peers; forge lasting relationships with other artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplinary specificity; develop networks of US and international professional contacts; focus on new work, and embody what it means to be a “global artist.”


A Survey of Modern Trombone Techniques - Winner of Phi Kappa Phi Research Award

Proud to announce that my research was the winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Research Award. My session is titled A Survey of Modern Trombone Techniques. This presentation provides a pedagogical survey of extended performance techniques found in avant-garde music for trombone. The presentation will discuss the development of avant-garde music traditions, and its reflection found within the contemporary trombone repertoire, specifically in post-World War II art music. The presentation will represent a survey of contemporary trombone techniques found in music that is programmed on my graduate recital.


Testy Pony to premier at Ozark Foothills FilmFest!

Exciting news! My experimental short film for Eve Beglarian's piece of the same title, TESTY PONY, will be premiered at the 2014 Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Batesville, Arkansas. More information can be found at their website Check it out Sunday, April 6, 2014!!!