Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook

BandAlternativeNew Age

DYNAMIC PIANO PERFORMANCES featuring unique emotional arrangements of familiar and original piano material that reaches the hearts of audiences. GUITAR/VOCAL, PIANO/VOCAL PERFORMANCES. Songs that speak of being human in a complex world.

Biography

Born in Seattle, WA in 1954, Matthew Cook studied Classical Music until the arrival of Folk-Rock in the late 60's. After 15 years of Folk, Rock, Country and Reggae bands in Washington State and Hawaii, he returned to Classical Music at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. It was at this time that he began developing his unique style and arrangements of popular piano songs. Now with over 22 years of constant performance in upscale resorts and hotels on the West Coast and 10 album releases to his credit, he continues to awe audiences with his emotional and inspiring piano style as well as his guitar/vocal performances.

Discography

-ANOTHER PIECE OF ME--Guitar/Vocal songs about change and learning to deal with it, being human in a complex world--by pianist Matthew Cook

-REDWOOD REFLECTIONS--a lyrical collection of original solo piano music that includes If I Could Fill Your Cup and El Cuervo. Inspired by the beauty and awesome power of natural surroundings.

-LIVE FROM THE REDWOODS DVD--Live Solo Piano Performances with moving images of Redwoods and Humboldt County Beaches.

-MOONDANCE--Contemporary solo piano covers. Ballads and straight-ahead rock tunes from Clapton to Beatles.

-SUMMERTIME--Standards to contemporary. Your Song, The Dance, No Frontiers, Satin Doll, Canon In D, Wonderful Tonight and more.

-THE ROSE AND OTHER LOVE SONGS--covers including a beautiful rendition of the title track, What A Difference A Day Makes, Georgia, Unchained Melody, and culminating with an awesome arrangement of Green Dolphin Street

-BY REQUEST--Andrew Lloyd Weber, Les Miserables, As Time Goes By, Misty.

-STORMY WEATHER--From the well-known Moon River, Candle In The Wind, Desperado, to the less-known Sanibel, Dear Prudence.

-BENSON'S SOLILOQUY--An album of Scott Joplin pieces.

-THE SOUNDING JOY--a collection of Christmas Music

Set List

Sets can vary depending on audience interest up to two hours. Set lists vary depending on the venue/audience.

Typical Solo Piano Opening Set (one hour)

Stella By Starlight
What A Difference A Day Makes
Your Song
Summertime
Satin Doll
Wonderful Tonight
El Cuervo (Original)
If I Could Fill Your Cup (Original)
All The Things You Are
She's Always A Woman
Lady Madonna
Levon

Typical Solo Piano Closing Set (75 minutes)

Canon In D
Unchained Melody
No Frontiers
Somewhere In Time
When Sunny Gets Blue
Webs(Original)/Wind Beneath My Wings
My Funny Valentine
Misty
Green Dolphin Street
Storm Warning

GUITAR/VOCAL SET LIST
Another Piece Of Me (Original)
Walkin' The Dog
Walkin' Blues
Gone (Original)
Roll On Big River
Daylight Again
Icy Blue Heart
Just Enough To Get By
Songs For You
In A Town This Size
Fort Worth Blues