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Matthew Savage, piano • RISKS AND REWARDS • Faculty Artist Recital

Thursday, October 13 2022   |   8:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

 

A single melody offers countless opportunities for interpretation—and jazz is the perfect medium to explore them all. This jazz and fusion recital features both the Matt Savage Quartet and the Matt Savage Groove Experiment, two groups that have helped Savage explore different melodies and genres through improvisation and composition. He believes each concert represents a new beginning—offering a hopeful outlook in times of renewal.

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Pianist Matt Savage has played music professionally since childhood, as a performer, bandleader, and composer with ensembles of various sizes. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, and Jimmy Heath, among others. He’s also opened for rock legends Neil Young and Stephen Stills, and performed with folk singers Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, and Al Stewart. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist.

As a composer, Matt has garnered respect and recognition. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length jazz documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. Additionally, Savage has thirteen albums, which consist mostly of his original compositions. His latest album is the Matt Savage Groove Experiment’s debut EP, Splash Variations. In recent years, Matt Savage has put a lot of time into composing classical pieces – including his very virtuosic “pandemic pet project”, the 12 Etudes for Piano.

Savage has toured worldwide, including performances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note (NYC and Beijing), jazz festivals worldwide, and tours of Asia and Europe.

Six years after receiving his Master’s degree, Matt Savage is honored to be teaching in the Collaborative Piano and Jazz and Contemporary Music Departments at Longy. He is looking forward to seeing how the various styles of music that form today’s performance scene interact. And he is a strong believer that improvisation is central to all styles of music – no matter how a piece is notated.

Program Notes

“I am so excited to be featuring both of my bands at this recital – the Matt Savage Quartet and the Matt Savage Groove Experiment.

This recital is my second one at Longy, and it’s very different from the first one. The repertoire is all jazz and jazz-funk this time, and the bands will be featured both in tandem and in combination (as a septet). We will be playing mostly original compositions, with a few classics thrown in there as well. And the program is representative of the two albums that I recorded this spring – one with the Groove Experiment, and one with the Quartet. Both these CDs will be out in the coming months…

It’s wonderful to be back here, teaching at Longy, and we all hope you enjoy the music.”
-Matt

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Details

Date:
Thursday, October 13 2022
Time:
8:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $20.00
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Venue

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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