Commission Updates: Matt Davis

Matt Davis, Orchestra 2001 Composer At Work, In The Key of L

Funded in large part by the Presser Foundation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

Matt Davis' "Love Lot" featuring the premiere of HELLO SUNSHINE.

Friday, October 8, 2021 | noon & 1:00 pm
Parking Lot at Ruth & East Clearfield Streets
1810 E. Clearfield St., Philadelphia, 19134

Free outdoor concert.

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Matt Davis, guitar
Rachel Segal, violin
Greg Riley, bassoon and tenor sax
Anthony Di Bartolo, percussion

Composer and guitarist Matt Davis has received an Orchestra 2001 micro-commission residency to write music inspired by Kensington's "Love Lot", a community centered space providing daily free meals and services to Philadelphia residents faced with food insecurity, the challenges of COVID-19, and the ongoing opioid epidemic. His new work, inspired by the "Hello Sunshine" mural, is part of our new series: IN THE KEY OF L: Music Along SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line.

Matt is curating open rehearsals and pop-up concerts with his piece, and other original music. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support more performances like these.

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Matt Davis is a renowned guitarist, teacher, and composer. Hailed as “Inspired” by Downbeat magazine, “incredible” by the Philadelphia Daily News, and “eloquent” by Jazztimes Magazine, Matt’s original large jazz group, called “Aerial Photograph”, has released four albums and performs in and around the tri-state area. Matt has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Mickey Roker, Dave Liebman, John Swana, Jon Hollenbeck, and many others. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The National Parks Service.  Matt currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar Performance, Chair of the Guitar Department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is on the guitar faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program. Additionally, he is a teaching artist for the New York Pops in New York City where he works with both underserved youth in public schools as well as pediatric cancer patients at the Ronald MacDonald House. In addition to having studied under the notable jazz educator Dennis Sandole, Matt also earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar from Temple University in Philadelphia, and his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed and taught music workshops across the United States and abroad in Europe, China, South Korea, India and the greater Mexico City region. Additionally, Matt is a published author, having had his writings on jazz music published in magazines such as Downbeat and Jazziz. He is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars. For more information, please visit

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