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Matthieu Marthouret Organ Quartet, UPBEATS

Matthieu Marthouret Organ Quartet -][- UPBEATSMp3– [Double Moon, 2012] –

This musician, passionate about art in all its guises, an inspired and generous composer, dedicates much of his time to studying the language and the history of music in general, from classical to rock, to folk and more… These musical styles have always been part of his life and he considers them closely tied to each other.

Along with his role as lead musician, he regularly plays with many different musicians, accompanying them at the organ or piano, for both regular and one-off sessions. Together, they play both original repertoires and cover versions, the keywords being “exchange” and “openness”.

He is without a shadow of a doubt one of the instrumentalists, composers and leader to keep an eye on in the future…

Matthieu, a pianist, organ player and composer, was born in Grenoble in the French Alps, in the same year as the release of «The Wall» and «Off the Wall», two albums that have left their mark on the history of music.

His musical journey started in the Rhône-Alpes region at the beginning of the 21st century, later taking him to Lyon, New-York and finally Paris, where he currently resides.

He set up his first quartet with his older brother Guillaume, saxophonist, inspired by hard-bop and the Blue Note Records of the 60s, and quickly started playing with some of the best musicians of the region.
At the same time, he studied for three years at the Chambéry conservatory, and graduated from there in 2001.

He moved to Lyon in 2000 and created the group «Talkin’About» recording two albums with them: «Reg» (2001) and «Connections» (2005). To compensate for the frequent absence of bass players during rehearsals, it was also during this period that he started playing an instrument that he has carried on playing ever since: the Hammond organ.

Winner of the Lavoisier scholarship in 2002, he went to New York to study for a year at the prestigious New School University.

The year spent in total immersion in the cradle of jazz was an important step in his musical education, and gave him the chance to work with a large number of renowned musicians and teachers. It most importantly gave him the opportunity to spend many a night discovering the incredible, bubbling music scene, attending concerts and participating in numerous jam sessions.

Since 2006, while dedicating more and more of his time to composing, he launched two new projects with himself as the lead musician, one at the piano and the other at the organ, surrounding himself with inspiring musicians: «Piano trio» (compositions and new takes on classic standards) and «Organ Quartet» (original compositions).

This work led to the recording of his first record as lead musician with his group Matthieu Marthouret Organ Quartet: the album «Playground» came out in October 2009 on label MuSt ReCorD .

Spurred on by excellent reviews, both from critics and the public, he continued to play and write regularly for this group. He recorded a second album, «Upbeats», scheduled for release in March 2012 on the label Double Moon Records. -[Biography]-

::: SOURCE: Matthieumarthouret.com :::