Pianist. Composer. Classical. Jazz.
Gershwin's World now on Medici and Marquee tv!
Featuring myself and principal trumpeter of the MSO Paul Merkelo, Gershwin's World is a 1 hour music performance film of my original arrangements of major works by Gershwin and his contemporaries, including Ravel, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. The film highlights the musical and personal connections between Gershwin and his influencers and those he influenced, featuring musical "conversations" between them as their musical ideas are exchanged and . The arrangements also feature new original material and improvisation. Here are links to both Medici tv and Marquee tv to see the entire film. If you're not a subscriber to those services, you can still hear a 3-minute clip from the film on Medici :
New scores of my Chopin Jazz Etudes arrangements are now
available in the store! Just click on the button directly above, or you can click on the "More" tab at the top, then on Store and you'll find them available for purchase and download.
Chopin: Etudes en jazz is now available on Medici.tv!
My concert video of this program, filmed at Salle Bourgie in Montréal, is now up on Medici.tv in the Jazz category. A big thanks to Prodcan for producing the concert and the gorgeous video! The full concert is available only to subscribers to Medici tv, but the first piece is available to everyone. Click here to go directly to my video on Medici's website.
And for a little teaser, below are 3-minute clips of three videos from the concert. Hope you enjoy!
June 12, 2022
Salle Bourgie, Montreal Chamber Music Festival
Soloist in Rhapsody In Blue
With Paul Merkelo, trumpet; André Moisan, clarinet; Éric Lagacé, bass
and the Barbican String Quartet.
New Interviews available!
I spoke with Global Montreal's Eramelinda Bouquer about my career, new projects and a bit about my personal story in music. Click here to watch it the full interview.
Here is a recent interview on Germany's NDR Kultur about Montreal musicians
Beethoven meets Gershwin on Met podcast!
Here's a really fun thing I did for the Met Opera's podcast, "Jazz and Opera", produced for the Met's production of Porgy and Bess. I was asked to record a jazz version of (one of) Beethoven's cadenza to his first piano concerto, mixing it up with themes from Porgy and Bess. If you're curious to hear what that sounds like, here's the link! My segment is at 25:52. Hope you enjoy! My segment starts at 25:52
New album with Lara St. John, Key of A, now available!
My first all-classical recording since 1998, Key of A features two powerhouse sonatas by Franck and Beethoven. You can find it on the Collaborations page. Here's a link to a recent review: https://www.audaud.com/lara-st-john-violin-key-of-a-ancalagon/
Matt Herskowitz | Mirror Image
For my second solo album with Justin Time, I wanted to explore what's become an increasingly prominent theme in my playing and composition; the reconciliation of my jazz and classical sides. I've been blending elements of both for a few years now, but one always seemed to favour the other. And, after two albums of Bach arrangements, a Chopin project with my jazz trio and a few other hybrid outings, I wanted to explore this fusion as it relates to my own music as well as through classical compositions, but this time just me and the piano, pure and simple.
New videos from Mirror Image are now up! You can see them on the Videos page
“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.”
“Throughout these eight tracks, [Herskowitz] displays touch, power, artistry and chops along with a firm grasp of the daring needed for a great performance"
“Released for the first time in 2005, this rather stunning recording from pianist Matt Herskowitz is above all an homage to the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, who played with Frank Sinatra, Gil Evans and most notably Blood Sweat and Tears. He will remain in our collective consciousness as one of the most brilliant musicians of his time. There are wondrous moments in these ten tracks; if you peruse through them attentively, it’s difficult to resist Etude on the Days of Wine and Roses and Forget Me Not.”
– Journal de Montréal
There are always a few acts at the XRIJF that I’ve never heard of before the festival, but I can’t stop talking about after I’ve seen them. Pianist Matt Herskowitz is now on that list. The premise was the embodiment of Third Stream music: the fusion of jazz with classical music to create, in this case, a wild hybrid. What made the concert extraordinary was Herskowitz’s beyond-brilliant technique. He was, of course, capable of subtlety, but he was astoundingly adept at impossibly fast and intricate passages... He also played the most wildly rhythmic rendition of Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm” that I’ve ever heard. At one point, toward the end of the concert, on a tune by the late pianist, Michel Petrucciani, Herskowitz executed a two-handed fluttering chord passage that got faster and faster until it melted into a blur of hummingbird wings. After he lifted his hands, I swear the piano was still shivering with those notes.
- New York times
- City Newspaper, Rochester, NY
- the New York Times