Very few artists are awarded the recognition they deserve. It isn’t a matter of dying penniless and tubercular in a garret, or freezing to death on the street. No, it’s usually more subtle: publicity, gigs, opportunities to create the art somewhere where people are listening.
I think one of the most worthy creators of music I know is guitarist / singer / arranger / composer / visionary Matt Munisteri. I have been following him with admiration and sometimes awe for the last seven years, and he always offers beautiful surprises. Sometimes it is a piece of obscure material (his range is both broad and deep); sometimes it’s familiar music brought back from the grave of familiarity. His guitar (and banjo) playing makes wise musicians nod their heads in delight; his singing is a wry but heartfelt joy. He reminds us just how much music there still is — in a time and place where we are used to hearing simply a dull thrumming coming from the next fellow’s earbuds.
I write all this to urge people in New York and environs to come to a rare and special gig — Matt’s first New York City show of 2013. It’s happening thus Thursday, October 3, at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan, New York, from 8:30 to 10:30.
Matt will be appearing there with Danton Boller and Matt Ray — good fellows, loyal, faithful, and true. And I know that this trio will make memorable music. You can make reservations (the CSC is not a huge place, so expect it will sell out) only by phone: 212-989-9319. Here you can find out more information.
May your happiness increase!