MHT (Matt Herskowitz Trio)
Matt Herskowitz, piano
Mat Fieldes, acoustic and electric basses
David Rozenblatt, drums
Equally accomplished as jazz and classical musicians, the Matt Herskowitz Trio has performed at major jazz and chamber music festivals throughout Europe and North America, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Naumburg Orchestra Concerts Series (Central Park, NYC), the Northwest Bach Festival (Spokane, WA), Jazzfest Bonn (Bonn, Germany), Musikfest Bremen (Bremen, Germany), the Singer Festival (Warsaw), the Rhino Jazz Festival (Lyon, France), El Paso Chamber Music Festival (Texas), the Mineria Chamber Music Festival (Mexico City), Classic Chamber Concerts (Naples, Florida), Luzerne Chamber Music Festival (Lake Luzerne, NY), and the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, of which Matt is artist-in-residence. Programs they’ve performed over the years include:
MHT’S jazz arrangements of pieces by Frédéric Chopin, including four Etudes and the complete Sonata no. 2 in Bb minor, op. 35
Matt’s cross-genre arrangements of selected pieces by J.S. Bach for the trio, as well as for the trio with violin or cello. Also the title of their album with violinist Philippe Quint on the Avanti Classics label.
From Bach To Brubeck
Features Matt’s arrangements and original compositions based on the music of both composers.
Matt’s original compositions and arrangements in a seamless fusion of Jazz, Classical, Arabic and Jewish musical styles and genres, at once traditional yet thrillingly new. Also the title of their 2010 album (Justin Time Records)
Matt’s “reconstructed” arrangements of classic Gershwin songs in styles including jazz, R&B, pop and minimalism.
MHT has also performed Matt’s piano concerto, Undertow, for jazz trio and chamber orchestra on several occasions with cross-genre chamber group Absolute Ensemble. The piece was commissioned by Absolute for their program Bach Reinvented, and is loosely based on Bach’s three-part Invention no. 9 in F minor. Their performance at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany, was filmed and aired by WDR German television.
Their debut album, Forget Me Not (Disques Tout Crin, 2004), received rave reviews and was nominated for Québec’s prestigious Félix award for “Best jazz album of the year.” Their next album, Jerusalem Trilogy (Justin Time Records, 2010), features Matt’s original compositions and arrangements. The centrepiece of the album is the title track, a quintet for the trio plus violin (Lara St. John) and cello (Mike Block). The album represents a unique, integrated fusion of written music and improvisation, blending together Jewish and Arab musical styles 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.” In 2007, they recorded an album with Barry Manilow, In The Swing of Christmas, for Hallmark, in which Barry features the trio in several arrangements. This album was nominated for a Grammy in 2008, and re-released on Arista Records in 2009. Their newest album, Bach XXI (Avanti Jazz, 2015) showcases Matt’s original arrangements of selected Bach pieces in a variety of contemporary styles and genres, and features acclaimed classical violinist Philippe Quint as soloist.
Our eponymous debut album was released on Justin Time Records in October 2016. Our victims include Bach, Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Brubeck. The album has received rave reviews since its release. For more information, please visit our website: www.pianocameleons.com
Lara St. John/Matt Herskowitz Duo
Lara and I tour with music from our album Shiksa, which features original compositions and arrangements of Eastern European folk songs that Lara has collected throughout her lifetime. We also perform some of the great classical warhorses, including the Franck Sonata in A major, Ravel Sonata and Tzigane, Beethoven Sonata no. 3 in Eb major and Bartok Sonata no. 2.
All our concerts are listed on the Events page. You can also see videos of our live performances, as well as her creative and innovative video productions of pieces from the album, on the Videos page. You can find the album on the Discography page, with links to buy on itunes and Amazon. For more information on Lara, please visit her website: www.larastjohn.com
A jazz/classical crossover trio with flutist François Richard, violinist Helmut Lispky and myself. We’re all jazz and classical performers and composers, performing our original compositions and arrangements in our unique combined style of jazz/classical fusion. Our album, Azimuth, features a string quartet, with whom we also perform. You can find our upcoming performances on the Events page, and our album on the Discography page. For more information about François Richard, as well as reviews and how to buy our album, please visit: www.francoisrichard.net
Soloist with Buzz Brass: Préludes et Rhapsodies/Buzz Salutes Gershwin
I perform Rhapsody In Blue as soloist with Buzz Brass. I also perform new arrangements of Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Cuban Overture with the quintet. The above video is a demo of one of our concerts, featuring selections from our performance. Throughout the video you can find clips from our performance of Rhapsody In Blue. Much of the repertoire is from our album Préludes et Rhapsodies, which can be found on the Discography page. For more information on this group, please visit their website: buzzcuivres.com