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June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

Matt Herskowitz

Pianist – Composer – Arranger – Classical – Jazz – World

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Albany native Matt Herskowitz has made Montréal (Québec) his adopted home since 2000. He distinguished himself as a talent deserving of wider recognition with his first solo piano release, 2007’s Matt Herskowitz Plays Gershwin, long out of print – (now available digitally world-wide). It features solo arrangements of “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Concerto in F” and “Cuban Overture.” Matt’s performance on the soundtrack of the Grammy-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville has earned him much popular and critical acclaim. In 2008, he premiered his piano concert Undertow with the Absolute Ensemble at the Bremen International Musikfest in Bremen and in 2010 recorded the ambitious Jerusalem Trilogy, which seamlessly fused contemporary jazz and classical styles with a unique blend of Arab and Jewish scales and grooves. Among the album’s fans was the late great Dave Brubeck, who commended Matt on the recording, saying: “Congratulations! You have transformed the concept of ‘world’ music as I conceived of it half a century ago. You have carried it further than I could imagine.”

As a follow-up the pianist-composer showcases the art of solo piano on Upstairs, recorded before a live audience in the intimate setting of Montréal’s Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill. Drawing on his classical training and his deep love of jazz, Herskowitz presents an artful blend of musical styles with direct nods to Michel Petrucciani, Dave Brubeck, George Gershwin, J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann along the way. Downbeat magazine praised Upstairs in its Editor’s Picks: “Throughout these eight tracks, [Herskowitz] displays touch, power, artistry and chops along with a firm grasp of the daring needed for a great performance.” “I wanted the choice of pieces to reflect a broad range of what I do, including my own compositions, arrangements of classical pieces, and my favourite jazz covers,” writes Herskowitz in the liner notes.

As one half of the Piano Caméléons Matt collaborates with fellow pianist John Roney. Offering a unique performance concept, they play on two grand pianos, improvising in a jazz style over well-known works from the classical repertoire. This musical genre is widely known as “Third Stream.” Their live performances are a rare opportunity to see virtuoso musicians do what they do best in a relaxed, intimate setting. In 2017 Matt and his trio released a remastered and reimagined tribute to trumpet great Lew Soloff; Forget Me Not – Homage to Lew Soloff. Featuring forms usually associated with contemporary classical cohabit with the funky, bluesy, Latin and Brazilian.

Of his upcoming 2019 solo piano release Mirror Image Matt says: “I feel that this album finally brings together ‘my’ classical and jazz sides, both old and new, in a very organic way. Whether it’s through pieces such as Tribute to John Coates, the Ravel Concerto or Satie’s Gnossienne no. 1, it’s all one cohesive sound, one style coming from two worlds that seem opposed but are not; Classical and Jazz have cross- pollinated since the early 20th century, and their musical histories have reflected that mutual inspiration ever since.”


For further information, please contact Justin Time Records at 514.738.9533, or info@justin-time.com. To learn more about Justin Time, its 35 years of great recordings, and to browse its diverse catalogue of jazz, blues and gospel recordings, visit www.justin-time.com


June 4
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm