When the composer and jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz was writing “Concerto Grosso,” he didn’t set out to create a work in that form, but eventually decided to include a solo part for each instrument in the jazz-influenced and contrapuntal piece, which was given its premiere here.
Mr. Herskowitz was the only one to improvise his solo, “but everyone has to groove,” he said, while introducing the work. “If they can’t groove, they can’t play the piece.” His imaginative, virtuosic solo certainly proved the most vibrant and distinctive in the entertaining piece, which traversed a range of moods.
The New York Times
March 29, 2014 - Solo concert at Maison de la Culture de Maisonneuve, Montréal
I've added a little promotional video from Live On Stage on the Videos page, who is representing me for bookings for their 2014-15 season - short and sweet!
My musical theatre production with co-writer/lyricist Theresa Tova, Bella, the Colour of Love, based on the lives of Bella and Marc Chagall, was a huge hit at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia this past October! This was the premier of the full, revamped 2-act version with our new director, the legendary Danny Grossman. We're currently in negotiations to present a 3-week run in Toronto's Harold Greene Theatre this coming fall. I'll post the dates here as soon as they're confirmed!
New review of my performance at the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival last week - see full review on the Press page
Review of Upstairs in Downbeat magazine's Editor's Picks! You can read the full review on the Press page.
Matt Herskowitz Upstairs has already received numerous glowing reviews from the US! You can read some of them on the Press page (just click on the tab to the left). In the US you can also order this CD online worldwide through Justin Time Records, itunes, amazon and many other online retailers, as well at any record stores that still exist. In Canada it's available online as well at all retail record stores, including HMV, Archambault, Renaud-Bray and Grigorian.