“Bill is just as incredible as pianist as he is as composer…in the first rank of contemporary artists.…Such beautiful music, the BEST I listened to in a very long time!”
-Jurg Sommer, Switzerland
“The most outstanding thing about Cotangent is the sense of selflessness with which everyone in the group plays. There is one unified goal: to serve the music. An amazing band. This music NEEDS to be heard!”
-Joe Locke, New York City
Matt is an active composer, teacher, and guitarist in Greenville, South Carolina. He teaches lessons for guitar, bass and music theory at Watson Wood Music.He has played guitar and banjo with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and guitar, banjo, mandolin, and yes, even ukulele with the touring Broadway companies for Spam-A-Lot, Leagally Blonde, Chicago, and 9 to 5 the Musicial. In addition to private lessons, he also teaches guitar classes at Christ Chruch Episcopal School and for Explore the Arts program at the Fine Arts Center.Born in Baltimore, Matt grew up in Greenvile, began playing the guitar at the age of 11, and started performing professionally at 17. After graduating from the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, S.C., he attended the University of Miami on scholarship where he recieved a Bachelor of Music degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance. After leaving Miami, he moved to Ashevill N.C. in 2004 and taught privately at the Asheville School. He moved backed to Greenville in 2006.
Matthew Richmond will present a set of original music @ 9pm accompanied by Mike Holstein on bass, and Justin Watt on drums. This group (known as 'The Like Mind Trio'), performs regularly in and around Asheville. The 2nd set will start @ 10:30 and will be opened up as an original music jam. Bring some charts with you, or come and read along with us.
Matthew Richmond is a percussionist, composer, and educator based in Asheville, North Carolina. He performs frequently with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Like Mind Trio, and pop-noir group stephaniesid, and has performed with a long list of ensembles and soloists in classical, jazz, rock, theater, drum corps, and world music. As vibist, percussionist, and co-composer with the Rande Sanderbeck Quartet, Matthew has recorded masterclass CD’s for Jazz Player and Saxophone Journal magazines. As an educator, Matthew has been active in various capacities for over twenty years. He has directed concert, pop, and world percussion ensembles at the high school and college levels. He served as pit arranger and instructor for the ETSU percussion section, both marching band and indoor percussion, from 1991-97, during which time the ensemble performed at four Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He was a music instructor for the 1999 Rochester Patriots winter percussion, and from 1999 to 2005 he directed the percussion program at A. C. Reynolds High School. He currently teaches percussion, composition, and music theory at UNCA. More at Matthew's website.