News + Updates


FRACTAL GUITAR, 2018 GIGS, PAVLOV(3), into 2019…


In April I tracked U8 Touch Guitar (bass parts) for Stephan Thelen’s (SONAR) upcoming solo album entitled “Fractal Guitar.” It features a stunning cast of extraordinary musicians; Stephan, of course, Markus Reuter, David Torn, Henry Kaiser, Manuel Pasquinelli (SONAR), Benno Kaiser, Barry Cleveland, Bill Walker, Jon Durant, and Andi Pupato. This is an incredible work of Art that needs to be heard (preferably with headphones) to be believed. I’m thrilled to have played on all five tracks.

Below are Pre-Sale and Album Review links.

All About Jazz review:

“Despite considerable file sharing and overdubbing used in its creation the album has a live feel. Much of that has to be credited to drummers Manuel Pasquinelli (a fellow member of Sonar) and Benno Kaiser, as well as Matt Tate's U8 bass playing. Thelan says he wanted to "create an album that features some of the more forward-looking possibilities of...the electric guitar." Mission accomplished. Fractal Guitar is a virtual feast for guitar fans, a banquet of moods, tones and textures.”

Jazz Music Archives review:

Fractal Guitar Pre-Sale:



2018 GIGS (Pavlov(3), The Gabriel Construct, Solo):

2/10/18 - Matt Tate (solo) w/ Grape Juice Plus @ Outtaspace

2/18/18 - John 5, Pavlov(3) @ Reggie’s

3/26/18 - Cleric, The Gabriel Construct, Imelda Marcos, Anthony Freemont’s Garden Solutions @ SubT

4/15/18 - Pavlov3, Imelda Marcos, Puke In The Icetray @ Empty Bottle

7/14/18 - Travis Larson, Pavlov(3) @ Reggie’s

8/11/18 - John Zorn + Simulacrum (John Medeski, Kenny Grohowski, Matt Hollenberg), Pavlov(3), Magick Potion @ Reggie’s

10/9/18 - AKKU Quintet, Pavlov(3) @ Wire

10/20/18 - Progtoberfest @ Reggie’s: feat. Soft Machine, Screaming Headless Torsos, Bubblemath, Pavlov(3).


Pavlov(3) has reverted back to a duo for the time being. Myself and Nick Tate (drummer, brother) will take the Winter into Spring to search for a new aesthetic, experiment, and write new material. We hope to have a batch of new songs finished by March, but aren’t rushing the process. It will take the time it takes. That will also necessarily limit gigging a great deal as we figure out how to execute a full sound on Drums and U8 Touch Guitar. This was easier on Chapman Stick which was designed to cover the ground of two musicians by itself. The U8 wants something else from me, that of which I’m still trying to decipher. U8, Stick, and Guitar will likely all play a part in this new music creation.

The Pavlov(3) / The Gabriel Construct hybrid produced some very excellent music in 2018 and played some great gigs, but seems to have run its course, at least for now. I wish I could’ve given it what it deserved. The 2019 mission is to “sort myself out.” We remain best of friends and will forever be in each others musical orbits, at the very least.

2019 ONWARD…

As alluded to above, the mission is to reinvent. To create a new aesthetic, write new music, and to study and woodshed as much as possible. Pavlov(3) will release new music next year, whether an EP(s) or full-length. We will perform out again. It may remain a duo or grow into a larger band. It will take the time it will take to discover that.

Curvature-Induced Symmetry… Breaking.

Happy New Year,

Matt Tate



2018 is off to a good start. There's a lot happening. And sooooo much that has happened during 2017 up thru now, virtually all of which I've failed to document here.  


A Year(+) In Review... (Past, Present + Futures!)


2018 is full of changes, transitions, and re-imaginings. 

-  PAVLOV(3)

  • 2014 - P3 began as a Duo.

  • 2015-2016 - a Trio (for two shows).

  • Fall 2016 - a Sextet.

  • 2017 - I became a Dad to an amazing little boy + almost all else stopped.

  • Jan/2018 - Reconvened as a Sextet again with a new mission statement.


  • I joined TGC on U8 Touch Guitar (as "bassist") in Fall 2016.

  • P3 + TGC merge into "one band, two different sets of music."


  • P3 + TGC have an incredible cast of musicians + composers. It's absurd we haven't taken advantage of it. So, now we are.

  • All of our creative energies are directed at this new band. Two songs are written. Several others are on deck.

  • P3 + TGC are still "bands." They'll just lay low for a bit. Our new band is already inspiring future Pavlov3. Inspiration that has been in very short creative supply for a few years.


(...much more to update. hopefully I can finish it tomorrow...)




Wow. This page has been silent for an entire year. Not intentionally. Becoming a father has certainly had a lot to do with this absence. It's the most profoundly transformative experience of my life. The absence will be remedied. Frequently updated. A lot is happening in 2018...


1).  I attended the NAMM Convention last week where I spent lots of time performing and exploring. I visited with friends old + new, endorsers, musicians, vendors, collaborators, etc... and having an all around amazing time. 


I played the U8 Touch Guitar @ KIRLIN CABLE's booth #3920 throughout the weekend (Thu-Sun). It was an honor to return again for them as an endorsee. They are magnificent and treat their people like Family. I played their cables before I knew anything else about them. Check them out: . You will be happy. They're the best.


I also spent time (not nearly enough) @ KEMPER AMPS booth #3720 (next to Kirlin). They are also Family to me. I've played their booth on and off for 5yrs now. I adore the Profiler. It's a marvel. Dig it: . 


Highlights: Kirlin, Kemper, Red Panda, Ernie Ball, Electro-Voice, Earthquaker Devices, Gravity Picks, Mono, Daredevil Pedals, Kiesel-Carvin... The special guitar "Luthier Sections" in Hall D were unbelievable! 



2).  GIGS.  I have several booked or in the works for Winter/Spring:  Solo M@T8, Pavlov3, The Gabriel Construct. All 3 are hybrids of each other now.  Something new is in the works as well. More on that later... 


2/10/18:  Matt Tate (solo) @ The Outta Space w/ Grape Juice Plus.  

2/18/18:  Pavlov3 opens for John 5 @ Reggie's. 

3/26/18: The Gabriel Construct opens for Cleric @ Subterranean.  



Lots this year.  Lots and lots.  More on that later.  


4). Sleep... less of that, with every word I type. To be continued. Good night. 




NAMM 2017 - (1/19-22)

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Another New Year means another NAMM Show.  I'm very excited to be performing on U8 Touch Guitar at the Kirlin Cables booth - Hall B, booth #5792.

I'll also be spending a lot of time visiting my friends at Kemper Amps and a number of the other usual suspects; EarthQuaker Devices, Red Panda pedals, Kalium Strings, Pigtronix, Kiesel, Aristides, Strandberg, Gravity Picks... so many dozens of others to check out. 

I've got my concerts picked out: Mike Keneally + Beer For Dolphins, Scott Henderson Trio, Stick Men, and Felix Martin. Hopefully I can squeeze in more. 

5/6 of Pavlov(3) will be roaming around checking out everything NAMM has to offer and enjoying the beautiful OC weather. 

"Zappa The Hard Way" by Andrew Greenaway will keep me occupied on my flight as I listen to "Make A Jazz Noise Here," which is from the tour "ZTHW" is about. 


More to come... 


Cool writeup of "Curvature..." Oh, and Meshuggah.

"Curvature-Induced Symmetry… Breaking came out last year and is a topology-themed album.... It’s absolutely fantastic and I wonder why I didn’t come across it sooner."


And.... more shows announced!  Check out Tour Info for details.


- Pavlov(3) has reconfigured into a larger lineup that I'm very excited to debut soon.
- 9/7 @ Beat Kitchen (The Gabriel Construct / The Four Three / Pavlov(3) / Gushing Cloud at Beat Kitchen).
- 10/22 @ Reggie's (Progtoberfest II at Reggies Rock Club October 21-22-23).
- many more are in the works, including solo U8 gigs


Pavlov(3) is featured on the new "TOUCH GUITAR COMPILATION 2016" from iapetus store, as a 24-track FREE DOWNLOAD (tips are welcome):


DAY 2 of my PITCHFORK MUSIC WEEK lessons @ Soho House Chicago is complete. 

Day 1 - "Pet Sounds: Guitar"

Day 2 - "Pet Sounds: Bass" 

Day 3 - "Pet Sounds: Drums"

Day 4 - "Ukukele Class"

Day 5 - The "Musical Petting Zoo,"  which will be most fun. 


PROGTOBERFEST II @ Reggies has been announced and Pavlov3 is honored to be playing once again!  Stay tuned for updates..



Enormous thanks to everyone who came out to Hedgehog and the Fox / Pavlov3 at Reggies Rock Club last night. We had a blast and can't wait to do it again!

Very special thanks to Chris HermanRobert SchaffnerRob Herman, Ned Babb, and Chris Avgerin of Hedgehog And The Fox. They are an excellent band of very talented and creative musicians. A wonderful team whom it's always a great pleasure to share the stage with. I can't wait to do it again!

Great thanks to Reggie's Rock Club for being one of my favorite venues to play. John Wayne Casey, Tim Lange, Russell Alexander, Jennette Luehring,BabyBop Sluggo, and Robby Glick are the best!

Most of all, thanks to Bill Banks and Thor Bremer for playing their asses off for me yesterday and learning/relearning the music on such short notice. Probably 8 days and only 2.5 rehearsals. They killed it. Very proud to share the stage with them. Pavlov3 is back.

Till next time!

Photo Credit: Josh Dagenais


Photo Credit: Josh Dagenais


Thanks to @kemperamps and @missionengineering for the amazing EP1-KP expression pedals! I've noticed a "green theme" lately... Very excited to take these beauties for a spin! With U8 @touchguitars and @kirlincable



Great review in today from DPRP, and a great excuse to promote the Pavlov3record:

"For fans of touch guitars and the edgier King Crimson sound, Pavlov3’s debut album, Curvature-Induced Symmetry…Breaking, will come as a welcome surprise. In this new venture, Chicago-based touch guitarist Matt Tate is joined by Markus Reuter (of Stick Men fame) and drummer Paul Szlachta. Soothing, ethereal melodies coupled with angular time signatures will scratch the itch of those pining for new material from Fripp’s crew."


Future Collaboration in the works?

Another amazing weekend. 

Thanks to @kemperamps for the honor of playing their stage all weekend, for the incredible generosity and for just being an awesome Family! The greatest amps/tech on Earth. I'm yours forever... 

Thanks to all my new friends at @kirlincable for being a company of excellent and generous people and for making amazing cables.

Thanks to Skip and Chris at @kaliumstrings for making the best strings out there and for being so kind and helpful. 

Thanks so much to @redpandalab for being so awesome with their time and making the absolute coolest pedals on Earth. 

Pavlov(3)'s "Curvature-Induced Symmetry... Breaking" made 3 "Top 15 of 2015" albums at Rock in Chicago!

Very grateful to Geoff Teach of Rock In Chicago for his review of Pavlov(3)'s "Curvature-Induced Symmetry... Breaking."


Pavlov(3)'s debut album, "Curvature Induced Symmetry, Breaking..." available for digital download now!