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Matt Richards


Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, guitarist Matt Richards grew up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly-energized genre. As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began incorporating the acoustic guitar in various projects. He assimilated Spanish, Latin American and various world influences while developing a unique fingerstyle approach to solo guitar.
With his acoustic performances, Matt gathers musical styles and influences together to create his unique approach to solo guitar. He has been featured as a solo artist on a variety of televised programs, including Miles of Music and Puerto Rican Panorama and performed in the independent film Smoke And Mirrors. He has performed at the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Frankford Arts Festival, NAMM Shows, the Montreal Guitar Show, the ONE MONTH Festival of South Korea, Daniel Pearl Music Days and SUNOCO Welcome America celebrations. Matt established the locally-based Solo Guitar On A Saturday Morning series.
In duo settings, Matt has collaborated with guitarists Larry Coryell, Tony Hughes and Emiliano Pardo, flutist Katherine Barbato and vocalists JayKatz and Phyllis Chapell.
While he has led a number of his own groups, Matt's current trio, the Power Trio Jazz Project, allows him and his band members the opportunity to bring their energized, interactive skills together with stunning results. The group's current roster of first-rate musical talent includes bassist Steve Beskrone and drummers Mike Clark, Kenwood Dennard or Adrian Valosin.
Matt has performed with a range of established artists, including Arlyn Wolters, Joey DeFrancesco, Café, Essra Mohawk, Herbie Nix, Marlon Simon, Elio Villafranca, and Bobby Zankel. He has played in supoport for artists such as Paco Pena, Richie Havens, Phil Keaggy and Dave Mason. Vocalist Paul Middleton and songwriter/vocalist Nate Hawk feature Matt’s electric playing on their commercial releases.
A current faculty member at Ambler Music Academy, Matt has served as Head of Faculty for the FrankfordStyle School for Creative Arts and Music Program Director at Zanaras Music Stores. In addition to private instruction, Matt's workshops focus on playing techniques, arranging and performing.
Balance, an all-solo-guitar recording and Matt's fifth release, was released in May of 2017.
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