Matt Richards / Katherine Barbato Acoustic Duo at Dalet Gallery

Genre-defying guitarist Matt Richards partners with classical flutist Katherine Barbato in an unique pairing that explores jazz, Brazilian and classical music forms and original compositions.
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Nov. 3, 2012 - PRLog -- On Friday, November16, 2012 at 6:30 pm Dalet Gallery will be hosting

Matt Richards / Katherine Barbato Acoustic Duo.

Genre-defying guitarist Matt Richards partners with classical flutist Katherine Barbato in an unique pairing that explores jazz, Brazilian and classical music forms and original compositions.

“The duo is a true musical partnership,” explains guitarist Matt Richards. “There's both energy and intimacy when two players are attuned to one another and you're inspired to play things you wouldn't normally play.”  While he can call upon his broad musical experience to justify this statement, Matt's latest duo with flutist Katherine Barbato perfectly embodies this concept.  

Matt Richards is one of a few contemporary musical artists who effortlessly bridges musical styles while maintaining a unique identity. Many listeners are familiar with his genre-stretching solo acoustic work; others associate him with his 'power jazz trio', the Matt Richards Group. Still others know him from his work in instrumental duos.

“This is the first time I've worked with a flutist and Katherine's musicality is wonderful,” Matt says. “Her classical-based experience enables her to bring more depth to the music and her command of her instrument opens up a lot of possibilities in our performances.” The pairing affords Matt the unique opportunity to act as both accompanist and soloist, often simultaneously. “I've found new musical ideas as a result,” says Matt, “I'm exploring different ways to compliment and interact with what she plays. It's challenging, but at the same time very exciting.” Their repertoire stretches beyond simple categories and draws upon jazz, classical, and world music as well as original compositions.

Katherine joins an impressive array of artists in her duo with Matt. Other duo partners have included guitarists Larry Coryell, Jim Goodin and Emiliano Pardo, pianist John Conahan, saxophonist Steve Oliver and bassist Bill Zola.

Katherine Hei Barbato

Flutist Katherine Hei Barbato began her musical journey with the piano at the age of seven.  By age ten she was playing the flute.  Through her elementary and high school years she was involved in a variety of musical activities and, after graduation, went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance at Baldwin-Wallace College and Conservatory in Berea, OH.

        During this time Katherine was a member of the National Wind Ensemble and performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds. She was first alternate at the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition twice (2003, 2007) and was a featured soloist on Cleveland’s classical radio station WCLV, performing the Malcolm Arnold Flute Concerto and the Taktakshilili Sonata with pianist Mitsuko Morikawa. In 2008 Katherine received her Master’s Degree from Temple University, studying primarily with David Cramer as well as George Pope, Joanna Bassett, Rebecca Gilbert and Kazuo Tokito. Katherine has performed in various summer festivals, including Lake Placid Academy, Aria International Arts Academy, and Domaine Forget. She has also worked with and played for world-renown artists such as Leon Buyse, Gary Schocker, Walfrid Kujala and Keith Underwood.

        Currently, Katherine lives in Philadelphia and performs as an orchestral and chamber musician and is in her third full season with the Bryn Athyn Orchestra. She has also played with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Abington Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra Society, and the Germantown Academy Orchestra. Pursuing her Interest in various genres of music, Katherine has collaborated with musical artists such as jazz / Brazilian guitarist Matt Richards, jazz pianist Howard Miller and singer/songwriter Mary Bichner of Box Five.  She is featured on singer/songwriter Katie Barbato's upcoming CD The Millary Tapes.

        Katherine is a flute instructor at the Albert Conservatory and Cheltenham Music & Art and maintains a roster of private students. She is currently in her second year as a Music Therapist/teacher working with special needs students, ages six to twenty, at Our Lady of Confidence.

Matt Richards

Guitarist Matt Richards is one of a few contemporary musical artists who effortlessly bridges musical styles while maintaining a unique identity. While many listeners and critics are familiar with his genre-stretching fingerstyle acoustic work, others associate him with straight-ahead jazz, playing both electric and fretless guitars. Though both identities may seem distinct, they definitely belong to this one musician.

        Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Matt grew up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly-energized genre. (During his tenure with the jazz-fusion group New Light, Matt was dubbed ‘the most originally creative guitarist on the regional scene’ by the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.) As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began relying more on the acoustic guitar. He assimilated Spanish, Latin American and various world influences while developing his unique fingerstyle approach to solo guitar.

         He has been featured as a solo artist on a variety of televised programs, including Miles of Music and Puerto Rican Panorama and performed in the independent film Smoke And Mirrors. He has performed at the CoreStates and Mellon Jazz Festivals, NAMM Winter and Summer shows, the Naturist Society’s Eastern and Midwestern Gatherings, National AIDS Awareness Day, Daniel Pearl Day and SUNOCO Welcome America celebrations.

        In addition to his solo work, Matt has performed in acoustic duets with guitarists Larry Coryell, Jim Goodin and Emiliano Pardo and bassist Bill Zola. He is also a founding member of the acoustic-based Language of 3.

        Matt has performed with a range of established artists, including Mike Clark, Starr Cullars, Joey DeFrancesco, Café del Silva, Kenwood Dennard, Essra Mohawk, Herbie Nix, Steve Oliver, Marlon Simon, Adrian Valosin, Elio Villafranca, and Bobby Zankel.  He has played as in support for artists such as Paco Pena, Richie Havens and Dave Mason. Gospel vocalist Paul Middleton and rock songwriter/vocalist Nate Hawk feature Matt’s electric playing on their CD releases.

        A current faculty member at Cheltenham Art & Music Center and the Academy of Community Music, Matt served as Head of Faculty at the FrankfordStyle School for Creative Arts. He frequently conducts clinics and master classes in conjunction with his performances and is currently preparing instructional articles detailing his playing technique and his personal approach to performing and arranging.

        In 2000, Matt released his first solo CD In This Single Moment on his FingerMusic label and has  followed with Dayside in 2004, One In Mind in 2008 and Trio in 2009. Based on listeners' requests Matt released a solo retrospective, As You Are, in September of this year. A live recording of his 'power jazz trio' titled Princeton 9/6/11 will be released in November of this year.

Admission $10.

Currently on display at Dalet: “Traces,” paintings by three Ukranian artists V.Narazyan, E.yashin and D.Dymshyts; “A Year in Mountains,” pastels by Tom Brady; “Admittance to Arcadia,” paintings by Alfred Ortega. Through Dec.1.

For details contact Irena Gobernik, 215.923.2424, 609.941.8084,
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