Matt Richards

Matt Richards

BandJazzAcoustic

Jazz and world-inspired acoustic, electric and fretless guitars with a wealth of influences and a liberal amount of improvisation. Now performing in a jazz-oriented trio with Adrian Valosin on drums and Dave Kaczorowski on bass.

Biography

When explaining Matt Richards’ guitar style, the word jazz will be combined with classical, Spanish, modern acoustic – in fact, each term describes a different aspect of Matt’s musical identity.

Growing up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the 1960s, Matt’s musical pathway begins with the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade. Eventually drawn into the electronic-laden jazz-rock of the 1970s, Matt began developing the technically advanced skill and musical abilities demanded by those styles. As his talent grew, Matt was drawn into straight-ahead jazz, classical and world music, playing acoustic guitars and a fretless guitar more frequently.

As a soloist, Matt has been featured on the television series Miles of Music with Bob Miles, on the Philadelphia-produced television series Puerto Rican Panorama and in the film Smoke And Mirrors. He has performed at the CoreStates and Mellon Jazz Festivals, the Naturist Society’s Eastern and Midwestern Gatherings, National AIDS Awareness Day, Daniel Pearl Day, SUNOCO’s Welcome America celebrations and numerous clubs and venues. Matt has performed duets with guitarists Larry Coryell, Emiliano Pardo-Tristan and Sam Gorelik, violinist Joyell Washington and bassist Bill Zola, among others. He is also a founding member of the all-acoustic Language of 3.

As a sideman, Matt is featured on gospel vocalist Paul Middleton’s CD Keep The Faith (1995) and rock/alternative artist Nate Hawk’s Nathaniel Hawk (1994). Matt has worked in live performances with a broad range of artists, including vocalists Essra Mohawk and Julie Holtzman, bassist Starr Cullars, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, saxophonists Bobby Zankel and Steve Oliver, pianists Elio Villafranca and John Conahan, organists Joey DeFrancesco and Herbie Nix, drummers Mike Clark, Kenwood Dennard, Marlon Simon and Adrian Velosin and percussionists Cafe and Pablo Batista.

A Freedom Foundation 2003 Fellowship nominee, Matt is Head of Faculty at the FrankfordStyle School for Creative Arts and a faculty member at Cheltenham Art & Music. In conjunction with his performances, Matt frequently conducts workshops and master classes.

Currently, Matt has artist endorsements with Seagull/Godin Guitars, EMG Pickups, John Pearse Strings, Strapture accessories and Zanaras Music cables and connectors.

In the Summer of 2000, Matt released his first solo CD In This Single Moment on his own FingerMusic label and followed with Dayside in February of 2004. Matt will be featured on the upcoming Language of 3 Live as well as his own third solo album both scheduled for release in September of 2007.

Discography

In This Single Moment (solo guitar)
Released Fall, 2000

Dayside (solo guitar)
Released Spring 2004

Balance (solo guitar)
To be released Winter 2007

One In Mind (acoustic duo/group)
To be released Winter 2007

Set List

Solo features are comprised of either one set of approximately / up to 75 minutes or two sets of approximately / up to 45 minutes each with an intermission of no less than 20 minutes.

Support and multi-artist bookings are usually one set of approximately / up to 40 minutes.

Repertoire consists primarily of original material with the inclusion of some Latin and jazz material arranged for solo guitar.

Trio sets are similar in arrangement to solo performances with more jazz orientation, both original and cover, in the repertoire.