"Local pianist Matt Herskowitz certainly had the audience in the palm of his hand at the Gésu during his show on Wednesday evening. When he said, apologetically, that they would do one more original (and non-Gershwin tune) in the set, someone cried “Do as many as you want!” To some extent, though, everything they did was original. Although most of the set was Gershwin’s music, it was always couched in a musical setting positively devoid of Gershwin except for the melody. But the melody is all you need sometimes... in effect, updating them for the post-hip hop, post-funk world without losing a jazzy feel."
The Gazette, Montreal (on Gershwin Reinvented show)
April 26, 2015 - Piano Chameleons à Val-Morin, QC
Lots of exciting things happening. First, it's official: my duo piano group, Piano Chameleons, will be performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with legendary Canadian pianist Oliver Jones on July 5th! I will post details of the concert, along with a link to the jazz festival site, as soon as I have them.
Bach XXI, a new recording of my original arrangements of Bach pieces with my jazz trio and classical violinist Philippe Quint, will be released on the Avanti Classics label this fall! This is a modern, progressive interpretation of Bach's music, while being deeply rooted in the original pieces. I will post a link to the record label's website, as well as any reviews, as soon as they're available. The album will be available world wide. Here are links to videos from a live performance of two of the arrangements:
Goldberg AriaPrelude from Cello Suite in G Major
I'm featured on two brand new recordings in Canada: one is the Richard-Lipsky-Herskowitz Trio, with flutist François Richard and violinist Helmut Lipsky, Azimuth, featuring our original compositions and arrangements in pure hybrid-crossover jazz/classical style. Here's a link to a review of the album in le Devoir, in French, pour mes amis francophone : Azimuth
The other is my appearance as guest soloist with Buzz Brass on their album Preludes and Rhapsodies. I perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with them, as well as his 3 Preludes, originally for piano solo and arranged for the group. The arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for piano and brass quintet is reminiscent of the original big band version of the piece, and as someone who's been playing this piece all his life, I can say it's quite refreshing to hear! Here's a link to this program on their website:
Preludes and Rhapsodies
As well, my new album with violinist Lara St. John is now in the can, and will be released this fall as well - it's turning out to be a big year for albums for me! The recording, who's title is not yet confirmed, features original compositions and arrangements of Eastern European folk songs, and includes one of my compositions which Lara commissioned for the project, Nagilara, based on the famous Jewish folk song, Hava Nagila. I can honestly say I've never heard anything quite like this, so I'm really looking forward to its release! I will post a link to the record label's website, as well as reviews and video links (and the title!), as soon as they become available.