ABOUT MATT GERAGHTY—MUSICIAN | COMPOSER | PRODUCER
Matt Geraghty is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and filmmaker best known for his cross cultural and inclusive music collaborations across New York City and Latin America.
A classically trained pianist in the Suzuki method, Geraghty turned to rock as a young bassist and then went on to attend Fairfield University’s Jazz Program where he was recognized for his compositional work under the direction of famed jazz bassist Brian Torff, who had worked and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Stéphane Grapelli and George Shearing.
Over the last year, Geraghty has been recording his highly anticipated sixth album release at Samurai Hotel Studios in New York City. Scheduled for wide release in the fall of 2018, this album will feature all original world music jazz infused compositions featuring Geraghty on Steinway piano and electric/acoustic double bass, Spanish singer Lara Bello, Indian bansuri player Rasika Shekar, American oudist Brandon Terzic, Colombian guitarist Sebastian Cruz, Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres and American lap steel player Boo Reiners.
Between 2013-2018, Geraghty with partner Zé Luis Oliveira and filmmaker/director Laura Newman producing 100 videos and recordings with 250 artists in New York, New Orleans, Puerto Rico and Cuba as part of the ongoing global series called Just Play, the music series about global unity, creativity and freedom. The series captures spontaneous musical moments and collaborations that transcend musical cliques and cultures internationally. Just Play has attracted the attention of musicians and critics alike for revealing the power of music and film to unite. The project united world-class artists such as master Malian kora player Yacouba Sissoko, esteemed American Hammond B-3 player Ike Stubblefield and Cape Verdean singer and Cesaria Evora protégé Fantcha.
The origins of Just Play began in New York’s East Village where Geraghty, was living at the time, and began experimenting with bringing musicians together into unexpected impromptu collaborations. With a desire to break down musical walls and genre silos on the music scene, in December of 2013, he created the project 21 documented by filmmaker Laura Newman. It was at this point that Geraghty invited Brazilian saxophonist Zé Luis to play an integral role as a musician and advisor in Geraghty’s series. 21 brought together more than 43 world class artists from 20 different countries creating 21 new bands in 21 consecutive days and on stage. The positively powerful ripple effect of 21 resulted in newly formed bands that went on to perform around the world and win Grammy Awards. Zé Luis' role as an influencer, producer and engineer and Newman's as a director would evolve as the series expanded into New Orleans, San Juan and Cuba.
Just Play now continues as a TV and Digital documentary series that reveals the story of music as a catalyst for demystifying cultural differences across The Americas. Since 2015, Just Play has been in development in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Peru where Geraghty and his team have been scouting musician talent and nurturing deep connections within local musical communities in each country for the forthcoming pilot episode.
In 2015, Geraghty’s most recent album featuring Zé Luis as the producer, engineer, saxophonist and flautist, Trade Winds Cuba, showcased more than 100 top artists from Cuba including young international Buena Vista Social Club star pianist Rolando Luna and legendary singer Teté Caturla from the historic group Cuarteto D´Aida. This unique international collaboration received first round Grammy Award consideration and recognition in the esteemed Latin Jazz category including recognition for Zé Luis for best improvised solo.
In 2010, Geraghty invited internationally renowned Polish vocalist Anna Maria Jopek to be part of his album Departures featuring American jazz pianist, accordionist and arranger Gil Goldstein, acclaimed American guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, Russian pianist Misha Tsiganov, internationally recognized Armenian oudist Ara Dinkjian and multi-Grammy winning American drummer Mark Walker. Jopek’s collaboration with Geraghty on their composition Niekochaine was featured on Universal Music in Europe and went straight to #1 upon release in Poland as part of the compilation Siesta 6.
Geraghty released Passport, his third album, in 2006, featuring six-time Grammy award winning American drummer Paul Wertico of the Pat Metheny Group and two-time Grammy winner and American harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Geraghty’s original world music project and blend of jazz groove led to frequent bookings at the most notable jazz clubs in New York such as The Blue Note, Smalls and the Iridium.
In 2002, Geraghty made the first of many trips to Brazil to perform and explore local musical cultures in Rio de Janeiro. His tours were followed by subsequent trips into the musical enclaves of Colombia, Tokyo, Poland and Portugal among many other countries and locales. During this time Geraghty continued recording with artists and launching additional original albums to include Two for the Road, Mozaic and the single East 3rd.
Early in his career he lived in Chicago where he established himself on the thriving jazz scene playing upright acoustic bass on the club circuit. There, he studied with educator David Bloom of the Bloom School of Jazz, classical bass technique with Greg Sarchet of the Lyric Opera and spent many nights performing with musicians at Chicago’s legendary The Green Mill, Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge and Andy’s Jazz Club. Geraghty immersed himself in Chicago’s Brazilian music community, as well, and quickly became a respected regular member of the popular group Chicago Samba featuring Brazilian guitarist and singer Luciano Antonio. The Matt Geraghty Project was born in Chicago, which included guitarist Neal Alger, pianist Ben Lewis and highly acclaimed saxophonist Jon Irabagon. The Matt Geraghty Project performed to rave reviews at The 2006 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Geraghty’s pursuit of music brought him to Spain early on, where he lived for a year of study and performance entrenched in a culture with deep roots in Gypsy, Flamenco and North African music. Living in Sevilla and his travels to Morocco became a core influence in his music and life. While there, he performed at Café Sevilla and Pica La Gartos with fellow bassist Luis Guerra in the group Los Dos De Lo Mismo in 1995.
Available for scoring, original composition, commercial work and performance collaborations, he currently resides in New York City.
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