Equally accomplished as jazz and classical musicians, the Matt Herskowitz Trio has performed at major jazz and chamber music festivals throughout Europe and North America. Programs they’ve performed over the years include From Bach To Brubeck, which features Matt’s arrangements and original compositions based on the music of both composers; Jerusalem Trilogy, also the title of their 2011 album; an all-Gershwin program, featuring Matt’s “reconstructed” arrangements of classic Gershwin songs; and their program of Matt’s original arrangements of classical pieces, which include Chopin’s Sonata no. 2 in Bb minor, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and études by Chopin, Scriabin and Prokofiev, among others. MHT has also performed Matt’s concerto for jazz trio and chamber orchestra, Undertow, on several occasions with cross-genre chamber group Absolute Ensemble. Their performance at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany, was filmed and aired by WDR German television.
The Trio recorded several outstanding albums, including “Jerusalem Trilogy” (Justin Time Records, 2010), features Matt’s original compositions and arrangements with special guest soloists violinist Lara St. John, cellist Mike Block, saxophonist/flutist Daniel Schnyder, Nay and Oud virtuoso Bassam Saba and the Sweet Plantain String Quartet. The album represents a unique, integrated fusion of written music and improvisation, blending together Jewish and Arab musical styles and grooves. Among the album’s fans was the late great Dave Brubeck, who commended Matt on the recording, saying: “Congratulations! You have transformed the concept of ‘world’ music as I conceived of it half a century ago. You have carried it further than I could imagine.” Their latest album “Bach XXI” showcases Matt’s original arrangements of Bach pieces in multiple styles and genres, and features acclaimed classical violinist Philippe Quint as soloist. (released on the Avanti Classic label worldwide on September 8, 2015)