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Glaser, Matt (Matthew Sean)

Glaser, Matt (Matthew Sean), violin, educator, author; b. Brooklyn, NY, 24 May 1956. He played piano, guitar, and harmonica as a youth. He took up the violin at the age of 13. Began playing jazz at the age of 17 with the Central Park Sheiks.  Attended Eastman school of music. Freelance musician in New York City. Since 1981, he's been chairman of the string department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  He got his M.M. at Tufts University (1989).

He has performed with Lee Konitz, Gunther Schuller and the Boston Jazz Orchestra at Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Four Generations of Jazz Violin (with Darrol Anger, Johnny Frigo, Joe Kennedy Jr., and Regina Carter), New York All-Stars, David Grisman, and International String Quartet Congress. Heis the founder of Wafaring Strangers (a band that fuses jazz with various ethnic musics), which includes Bruce Barth and Andy Statman. Heis performed at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli and YoYo Ma. Featured on the soundtrack for "The Civil War" and soundtrack for King of the Gypsies. 

Matt is the first and only recipient of the Stephane Grappelli Memorial Award, "In recognition of his significant contribution to the teaching and playing of improvised string music in America", presented by the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association.  He has performed widely in a variety of idioms ranging from jazz to bluegrass to early music.

He has written for many music magazines including Strings, Acoustic Musician, and Acoustic Guitar.  He has performed with Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, Lee Konitz, Bob Dylan, the Waverly Consort, Fiddle Fever, and most recently with Wayfaring Strangers--a band that fuses jazz and folk music. 

Matt served on the board of advisors of the Ken Burns' Jazz Documentary, and appears in the film as a talking head.  Matt serves on the board of directors of Chamber Music America. Matt has performed at the White House, and at Carnegie Hall with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor as part of Stephane Grappelli's 80th birthday concert.  He has taught at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, University of Miami, American String Teacher Association conferences, International Association of Jazz Educator conferences, and many others.

Play Fiddle Play (with L. Porter, 1986)

M.G. with Grappelli, Jazz Violin
M.G. with Joe Viola, Jazz Chord Studies for Violin
M.A. thesis: Controlled Improvisation In Texas Style Fiddling (Tufts, 1989)
Corresponding Editor  Of Strings Magazine,And Also Writes For Acoustic Musician,Acoustic Guitar


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