Matthew Greer - Musician

As a multi-instrumental musician, Matthew has gigged with several artists and performed in some of NYC's greatest venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Irving Plaza, Joe's Pub, Don Hill's, and the legendary CBGB.

 

Matthew Rocks With Rizzo

Posted on April 22, 2013

Following the closing performance of Hit the Wall, the cast went to Zirzamin, where the show's drummer, Ray Rizzo, had set up a regular Sunday night jam. One of Rizzo's bands, Mesiko, played a rollicking set, which included their surf-rock inspired track "Lies." Before the song began, Rizzo called out for Matthew to join in, and Matthew's castmates literally kicked him toward the microphone. Fortunately, he had a harp in the right key on him, and Matthew improvised some interjectory licks, and then a fast-paced bluesy solo to end the number with a growly wail.

The evening concluded with a set by Hit the Wall guitarist Indigo Street's band Shy Hunters, and understudy Ryan Link took a spur-of-the-moment encore set.

Rumor has it Matthew may be back at Zirzamin next Sunday, April 28, when Corporal, Rizzo's band with celebrated actor Michael Shannon, takes the stage.

For more information about Mesiko, click here.
For more information about Shy Hunters, click here.
For more information about The Ryan Link Affair, click here.
For more information about Corporal, click here.

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Brush Up Your Strummin'

Posted on November 16, 2012

In what was undoubtably one of the most difficult audition of his career, Matthew was recently invited to read for a role in the Broadway hit Once. "Read" may be misleading, as hopefuls were asked to bring in any instrument they could play and show the Once creative team their stuff.

Unfortunately for Matthew, the hardest part of the afternoon wasn't lugging his many various instruments to the audition. The role he was auditioning for, Eamonn, is primarily a guitar playing track. Matthew is self-taught on everything he plays, and guitar isn't really his strong suit. The audition would definitely require him to sing and accompany himself on guitar.

In preparation, Matthew brought his sonorous Carvin acoustic with him to the Laura Pels Theatre, where he was standing by for two roles in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Every day during the show, Matthew would practice in the dressing room, picking up tips from his castmate Jake Gyllenhaal, who is a more accomplished self-taught guitarist. Though his fingertip callouses came back quickly, Matthew struggled to coordinate singing and playing simultaneously, something which is relatively impossible to do with a harmonica.

Several times prior to the audition, Matthew considered calling his agents at The Gage Group and cancelling his appointment. When the day arrived, Matthew played and sang Nine Inch Nails's "Hurt" (after Johnny Cash's acoustic cover) as best he could. Afterwards, although they had said they wanted to hear every instrument, the Once creative team decided that they'd heard enough.

Not surprisingly, Matthew didn't make the callbacks. According to Steven Unger of The Gage Group, "They could tell this wasn't something Matthew was really comfortable doing." But as Matthew posted to Facebook last night, "That was the scariest audition I've ever forced myself to do... It went every bit as badly as I anticipated, but at least I walked through the door. Small victories..."

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