Matt Von Roderick
A product of the eclectic NYC arts scene with a penchant for catchy melodies and an emotional connection with his audience, Matt Von Roderick has been described as "...an amalgamation of Miles Davis and Radiohead...a modern day Chet Baker with a far seeing vision..." (All About Jazz), and "A top drawer trumpeter who also sings like an angel obscured by a storm cloud..." (JazzTimes).
MORE ABOUT MATT: Born into a musical family as Matthew Benjamin Roderick Shulman, Matt started on violin and piano at ages 3 and 4, then moved to the baritone horn, eventually finding his way to his gift as a trumpeter, singer and songwriter. Matt received numerous prizes and awards for his music early on, including winning 1st place in the International Trumpet Guild Competition, winning 1st place in the National Trumpet Competition, being named a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Competition, and winning the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, as well as having earned a Bachelor's of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master's of Music from New York University, which he attended on fellowship through the Alberto Vilar Global Fellowship in the Performing Arts. While based in New York City Matt made his Carnegie Hall main stage debut as featured guest soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra in 2002, and was named Jazz Artist of the Year by the 2003 Independent Music Awards, earning him international acclaim for his highly expressive sound and pioneering approaches.
In addition to his rich trumpet tone and honest vocal delivery, one thing many audiences notice about Matt is his development of multiphonics - what All About Jazz calls "an other-worldly sound...something of a tour de force he sings, plays, and uses his voice as a muted horn in a solo and duet with the trumpet..."
Matt's spirit of innovation can also be found in his development of the ShulmanSystem, a device he patented for promoting a more efficient and musical approach to the trumpet.
Currently based in LA, Matt possesses a rare combination of commercial and progressive aesthetics; having toured internationally, recorded and/or collaborated with such diverse artists as: Neil Diamond, Musiq Soulchild, Brad Mehldau, Super Furry Anilmals, DJ Spinna, John Corigliano, Lenny Pickett, Robert Sadin, John Medeski from MMW, Complexions Dance Company, Skitch Henderson, and Nneena Freelon. His work as a performer has been featured on NBC's Saturday Night Live, the nationally syndicated presidential race coverage on MSNBC, and as both soloist and composer at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Classically trained by Mark Gould of the Juilliard School, Matt has given New York and world premieres of Edward Green's 'Concerto in C', Marcello Toledo's 'Solitude of the World', Timothy Newman's 'Intervening Rift', and his own 'Works for Trumpet'.