Matt Savage Trio Kicks Off November Musical Celebration
The Rooster's Wife brings a month-long celebration of jazz to Poplar Knight Spot this November.
Piano jazz, gypsy jazz and jazz vocals will all grace the stage at the corner of Knight and Poplar in downtown Aberdeen. The series opens with the Matt Savage Trio on Saturday, Nov. 6, and is followed Sunday, Nov. 14, by Ameranouche, the first gypsy jazz band to play the storieD Newport Jazz Festival, and Sunday, Nov. 21, with Nashville Jazz orchestra vocalist Annie Sellick and her trio.
Matt Savage's career has taken him from the country to the city to concerts around the world since he was 7 years old, when he released his first album and was hailed as a jazz prodigy. He has been in the media spotlight ever since, appearing on such television shows as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and Marian McPartland's prestigious "Piano Jazz" series on NPR.
With more than a decade of travel to his credit, Savage celebrates the many places he calls "home" through the music of "Welcome Home."
"The album really started with the composition of the track 'Picturesque,'" says Savage. "I live on an incredibly beautiful organic farm in New Hampshire, so the song became a sort of theme song for my family home. From there, I decided to write an entire album about the travels and destinations that became my 'homes away from home.' The album culminates with the biggest change in my life: my arrival at Berklee College of Music in Boston in the fall of 2009."
Presently a sophomore at Berklee College of Music, Savage used his campus experience as inspiration for the title track as well as the song "You Are Here." He manages to balance classes, studies and concert gigs while maintaining a GPA of 4.0 and achieving dean's list status.
Now 18, Matt has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz. When he was 8, he met and played piano for Dave Brubeck, and he has performed on stage and in jam sessions with Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Arturo O'Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus, just to name a few.
It's now hard to believe that a mere six years before taking the stage and wowing audiences at Birdland, Matt Savage did not play a musical instrument and could not tolerate listening to music.
At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a high-functioning type of autism. Savage could not tolerate sounds of any kind and could not communicate easily. For the next four years, his parents immersed him in intensive early intervention therapies, including a program for children with autism that involved patient training and a strict dietary/vitamin regimen, the DAN Protocol.
When Savage was 6 ?, he completed a special auditory integration therapy to retrain his ears and make them less sensitive to sound. This allowed him to retune both his sensory and social perceptions, and his musical skills flourished at an accelerated pace. He taught himself to read and play piano music literally overnight. Following her son's lead, his mother found him a proper piano teacher.
"Come hear the results of the following years of study and performance when the Matt Savage Trio hits the stage of Poplar Knight Spot in Aberdeen," says Janet Kenworthy, a spokesman for The Rooster's Wife. "Downbeat is at 8 p.m."
The Rooster's Wife presents words and music this fall, with an interesting array of genres, from singer-songwriters to poetry readings, to full-on jazz , and all things ukulele, to fulfill the mission of creating and maintaining community through the arts.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.theroosterswife.org with credit or debit cards, or at the door with cash and checks. Tickets for the jazz series are $40 for all three concerts. Call (910) 944-7502 for more information.
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