In the completely packed Kamani auditorium, pianist Matt Herskowitz started the concert with an original composition which he had written for a musical theatre production. The lilting musical notes created an image of a girl standing all alone, crying and calling her lover to return. It was the best start for the evening which was followed by Indian compositions.
Deccan Herald, New Delhi, India
December 6, 2013 - Solo recital in Olympia, WA
I recently performed Bach à la Jazz on the Gala de L'ADISQ in Montreal, which is Québec's version of the Grammys. Here's a link to the performance with jazz legend Oliver Jones. Also performing were harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour, bassist Eric Lagacé, drummer Dave Laing, Dan Thouin on synth and a rock band led by David Laflèche - a huge production number, for sure! http://adisq.radio-canada.ca/fr/meilleurs-moments/les-prestations/la-prestation-d-oliver-jones/
I'd also like to congratulate the charity album, Par amour pour Philou, on which I donated my song Bella's Lament, on its Félix award for "Album de l'année - instumental". All proceeds from this album go to the Centre Philou, which helps severely physically handicapped children to function. Congratulations to producer Alain Labonté and all who participated on making it such a beautiful album!
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 Theresa Tova, Bella, the Colour of Love, based on the lives of Bella and Marc Chagall, is being presented at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 8th and 9th. This will be the premier of the full, revamped 2-act version with our new director, the legendary Danny Grossman! This version features lots of new music, which I'm still in the process of composing. I'll be in residence in Toronto most of September to rehearse for this production. Can't wait to see Bella finally fly!
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.