Publishing: Jeff Curnutt
Publishing Affiliation: Other
Album Title: Horizon
Record Label: Balance
Matt Vandal is a remarkable guitarist. His solo fingerstyle sound will remind you of Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins, both of whom are clear influences on his style. Other influences include Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Pat Matheny, and Bireli Lagrene, among many others.
Matt has been playing guitar since the age of seven. I grew up in a VERY musical home. My Dad played in bands while attending college and my Mom is a classically trained pianist. Two of my brothers are guitar players and another brother played bass. My family has always been connected in one way or another to that beautiful sonic universe that is music.
Matt has played as many styles of music as he can get his hands on. He was a member of the Pensacola Guitar Ensemble (a classical guitar quartet), is currently teaching guitar, and gigged extensively in Arizona with the jazz group Vandal Hancock Duo and with his fusion quartet, The Matt Vandal Group. Matt`s teaching repertoire contains classical, jazz, fusion, shred, blues, as well as original compositions. He is also an avid player and teacher of the 8 string extended range
Horizon is Matt`s latest release of original music and is a collaboration with drummer Jeff Curnutt. Horizon features Matt`s unique playing style on the 8-string guitar showcased through intricate compositions and inspired improvisation.
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