Brazilian born jazz violinist, Andrei Matorin embodies the energy and life that surrounds him in OPUS, his debut album of all original compositions. Presently living in New York City, Matorin will re-release OPUS on Truth Revolution Records on February 28, 2012, following rave reviews including “Editor’s Picks” on Downbeat.com. He has performed and recorded with world-renowned and award-winning musicians such as Rosa Passos, Claudio Roditi, Tiger Okoshi, Nilson Matta, Oscar Stagnaro, John Lockwood, Bob Moses, Christian Scott among countless others. Invited twice to attend the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program, his passion continues to drive him towards success and originality. Currently, he is collaborating with Paquito D’Rivera in the formation of his new Septet while promoting his current album and preparing to record his new release for 2013 under Truth Revolution Records.
Beginning his violin studies at the age of six, this contemporary virtuoso spent his early years studying classical technique at the Boston Center for the Arts, in Italy, and at the Conservatoire de Geneve in Geneva Switzerland. He attended performances and master classes by greats such as Paquito D’Rivera, Toots Thielemans, and Danilo Perez, after moving to the US in 1998 which inspired him to immerse himself in the world of jazz. He fell in love and developed a fascination with music as diverse as that of John Coltrane, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stevie Wonder, which isn’t a surprise considering Matorin’s instrument and style are as original as his repertoire.
In 2003, Matorin became the first violinist ever to graduate from the Jazz Program at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and that same year was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he went on to receive two Achievement Awards. Beyond his accolades and academic achievements, he was always striving to find a different approach to music, and OPUS doesn’t fall short of sincere expression and freedom.
The diverse cast of characters on OPUS each bring their own cultures and experiences to a project that, through dialogue and interaction, offers an ensemble that is greater than the sum of its parts. As Matorin notes, “I would like my music to inspire people. I would like them to share in the emotions that we convey through our music. I would like this album to inspire my listeners to rethink the way they are used to seeing, hearing and engaging the world around them.” With the acclaim he has received for OPUS, he has accomplished just that.