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New Music: Matt Panayides

Progressive jazz guitarist Matt Panayides was nice enough to send over links to his work.

Matt has an ongoing Kick Starter campaign to finance his second studio album.

This is from his website:

Matt Panayides is a modern guitarist/composer. He loves performing and joining forces with a diverse array of musicians, while being part of the vibrant, creative music scene of New York. His compelling melodies, compositions and improvisations remain in the listener’s mind long after the gig, employing modern harmonies, free and structured improvisations, mixed-meter rhythms and straight-ahead swing.

Hailing from the Midwest, he moved to NYC in the late 90’s to study jazz at MSM. While there he began leading his own groups and playing with other musicians on the scene. In 2002 he moved to Seoul, following performance opportunities abroad. Since his return to NYC in 2006 he has been leading his own group and appearing as a sideman in world class venues throughout the city including Smalls, Cornelia Street Café, Bar Next Door, 55 Bar and ShapeShifter Lab to name but a few. (Continue Reading…)

Above is “Sketch 1.” In addition to Matt, Alec Haavik is on tenor and soprano saxophone, E Soon Jong is on bass and O Yong Dae is on drums.

Editor’s Note: Check out a podcast conversation with Matt.

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