Recorded live at St Bride’s on Friday 7th July.
Matthew Sear – classical guitarWorks composed by Matthew Sear
from ‘Portraits of North America’ (2012)
Homage to Brouwer (2022)
from ‘The Road to Damascus’ (2015)
Dark Eyes (trad.) Improvisation (2023)
Improvisation on Tears by Django Reinhardt (1938/2023)
Encore: The Shabbat for violin (Alison Ruscoe) and guitar (2021)
Matthew Sear is a London-born composer noted for 21st century classical music, written for unique combinations. He gave his debut at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden (2006), and has since performed as a guitarist/composer at venues that have included St John Smith’s Square, St James’s Piccadilly, Hertford College (University of Oxford) and St Martin-in-the-Fields ‘Series for Young Composers’.
A recent recipient of a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts, in 2021, Matthew joined BBC’s Anna Cookson on her show ‘The Wake-Up Call’, to discuss ‘Creations in Lockdown’, an album exploring themes of mortality and issues of liberty during the pandemic, with Colin Clarke writing:
“Four stars. A most imaginative release, and a poignant reaction to past and continuing world events”
(Fanfare Magazine 2021)
Matthew has featured in the publications: Classical Guitar, Fanfare (USA), The Jewish Chronicle, Gibson Lifestyle and We Are Cult, while his music has been performed and broadcast at home and abroad, receiving premier performances at the Royal Academy of Music, the 1901 Arts Club, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Maria Marchant’s ‘7 Notes in 7 Days’, and the Edinburgh, Toronto, and Adelaide fringe festivals.
“The America Suite contained both the bustling New York Metropolis and hints of Southern Bluegrass…exhilarating!”
(Melinda Hughes – Broadwaybaby.com – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013)
His latest release ‘The Tree of Life’ explores the mystical sense of connection of life through layering’s of sound that include pipe organ, vibraphone, didgeridoo, piano and guitar.
Matthew lives with his wife Suzanne and their beloved King Charles Spaniels in London, England. Interests outside of music include football, tv/film, psychology, mysticism and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
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