MUSIC FOR STORYTELLING
THe live debate!
The Live Debate! is the primary vehicle for Matthew's lyrics and songwriting. All Live Debate! songs are developed with the musicians who perform them, including Jody Miller, Krystal Worrell, and Darius Peterson. Check out some samples below:
Matthew is a musician, composer, songwriter and teacher. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2003 with a degree in music composition and has dedicated himself since to creating beautiful music and helping other artists and students create theirs. Matthew is a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago, where his music direction and performance credits include The Nutcracker (2010-2018), The Revel (2015), United Flight 232 (2016) , The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz (2017), and Hatfield McCoy (2018). As a composer, his work has appeared in two short films and in one feature-length zombie horror flick. In 2013, he produced and released a full-length album of his songs with his band, The Live Debate! (available on all streaming services). His compositions have underscored work at the New Colony, The House, and The Hypocrites. These days, he’s creating lots of fun new things, including his pet project, Lucifer, an original musical.
MUSIC DIRECTOR CREDITS
Verböten - The House Theatre of Chicago (2019)
The Nutcracker - The House Theatre of Chicago (2012 - 2018)
Frederick - Chicago Children’s Theatre (2018)
Hatfield & McCoy - The House Theatre of Chicago (2018)
Kitty Hawk - The Arscht Center for the Performing Arts (2017)
The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz - The House Theatre of Chicago (2017)
United Flight 232 - The House Theatre of Chicago (2016)
The Revel - The House Theatre of Chicago (2015)
COMPOSER CREDITS (THEATRE)
Pinocchio - The House Theatre of Chicago (2019)
Borealis - The House Theatre of Chicago (2018)
Psychonaut Librarians - The New Colony (2017)
Little Girl Don't Fall - (in development)
COMPOSER CREDITS (FILM)
Millicent and the Amulet - Short film, (2005)
3:16 - Short film, (2006)
Dorothy Marie and the Unanswered Questions of the Zombie Apocalypse - Full-length, (2013)
MUSIC PRODUCTION CREDITS
James Mitchell - Resemble, (2006) Rendezvu Records
James Mitchell - Harvest 10, (2008) Rendezvu Records
The Live Debate! - The Live Debate! (2013) Self-Released
Instruction in piano technique, songwriting, eartraining, and arrangement.
Matthew offers instruction to students of all ages and skill levels over FaceTime, Skype or in person in the Chicago area. For more information on lessons, please email:
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