Commission Updates: Matt Davis


Composer and guitarist Matt Davis has received an Orchestra 2001 micro-commission residency to write music for Kensington's "Love Lot", where daily free meals and services are provided to Philadelphia residents challenged by COVID-19 and the 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 will curate open rehearsals and pop-up concerts with his piece and other music.

Location: Ruth & E. Clearfield Streets, Philadelphia 19134

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Free performances will take place at the "Hold Tight" mural location in West Philadelphia, at Cherry Street Pier, and other locations. Concert details will be announced soon!

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Matt Davis is a guitarist, teacher, and composer based in New York. Hailed as “Inspired” by Downbeat Magazine, “incredible” by the Philadelphia Daily News, and “eloquent” by Jazztimes Magazine, Matt’s original jazz group, called “Aerial Photograph”, has released five full length albums and performs regularly in and around the tri-state area. Matt has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Mickey Roker, The Silk Road Ensemble, Dave Liebman, Dick Oats, John Swana, Terrell Stafford, 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 and the 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. He is a teaching artist for the New York Pops in New York City. In addition to having studied under the notable jazz educator Dennis Sandole, Matt also earned his bachelors degree in jazz guitar from Temple University in Philadelphia, and his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed all over the world and has taught jazz workshops in the New York and Philadelphia regions as well as in China, South Korea 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.

More information coming soon!

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