Cooperstown – a jazz opera by Sasha Matson


The story of Cooperstown is an American story about the great American pastime–baseball. It speaks to the heart of Americans, our passions, and how our passion easily and guilelessly blurs or tears apart. ‘Baseball more than any other major league sport is deeply woven into the fabric of American culture. It is a metaphor for life.’ –Sasha Matson, composer.

Inning 1 – intro

Alex Player Wavesurfer

Inning 4 -vocals

About the Composer

Sasha Matson was born in Seattle, and grew up in Berkeley, California. As an undergraduate he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where his primary composition teachers were Elinor Armer and John Adams – later studying privately with Andrew Imbrie.

Sasha completed graduate studies at UCLA, where he received the PhD in music theory and composition. In Los Angeles Sasha composed for a variety of media – his credits include the scores for a dozen dramatic feature films. He has taught at La Grange College, Long Island University, and the State University of New York.  Recordings include two albums with audiophile producer Joe Harley –  Steel Chords & i-5 ( New Albion Records )

These have been followed by two albums produced by John Atkinson – Cooperstown   (Albany/Troy Records ) and Tight Lines ( Stereophile Records ). 

Sasha writes extensively about music and audio, and is currently a Contributing Editor for Stereophile magazine, AudioQuest Music and Range of Light.

 For all booking or other contact inquires please email Dr. Matson at the following address