MATT ALBER IN “AN EVENING WITH MATT ALBER”
Monday, April 3, 2017 8pm
“I was transported to beautiful, treacherous emotional terrain.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Portland-based singer/songwriter Matt Alber is currently touring his 4th self-produced studio album entitled, Wind Sand Stars. The album features original pop/folk art songs rooted in melody with vocals reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright, Iron & Wine, and John Grant.
In 2014, Lincoln Center in New York invited Matt to perform on their esteemed American Songbook series which garnered a printed review by The New York Times. In 2015, he was selected by the U.S. State Department as a musical ambassador to Russia, Hungary, Kosovo and to Sudan, Africa where he taught recording arts & sciences to young artists in Khartoum.
Matt’s music has been featured on ABC Family’s series The Fosters and Bones and he appears on two Grammy Award-winning classical albums recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch with the acapella men’s ensemble Chanticleer. He has been touring as a solo artist full-time since 2010 and most recently has begun work as a documentary filmmaker focusing on the stories of LGBT youth & human rights.
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST
MATT ALBER turned his attention to contemporary projects following a tenure with the San Francisco-based classical ensemble, Chanticleer, winning two Grammy Awards. In 2004 he released the self-produced album of experimental songs Nonchalant with co-producer/writer Jeff Crerie at Utmosis in San Francisco. Within months Alber was signed by Tommy Boy as the first artist to their new imprint, Silver Label, and immediately began work refining his independent release into the full-length, Hide Nothing from which, his “End Of The World” video made a grassroots tidal wave in the gay community and sparked sold out shows at his first tour in 2009. The video won an Out Music Award the same year and he was featured in OUT Magazine’s “Out 100.”
Fans of Jason Mraz, Iron & Wine, k.d. Lang, and Eva Cassidy find themselves at home at Alber’s shows.
“So sweet… I want to listen to him again.” – Madonna