22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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

Thursday, October 13   |   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. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. 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.


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Thursday, October 13
8:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States