The young Amsterdam pianist Matteo Myderwyk composes his own music. Excelsior Recordings has been releasing its albums since 2017; To Move (2017), Verses (2018), Ataraxia (2019), Parabel (2020).
The years of training as a classical pianist at the conservatory taught him above all to leave the music of his heroes Bach, Liszt and Messiaen behind and to find his own musical language. First of all, he decided to break all the classical rules, so he ended up in the wonderful world of free-jazz. Making music without prior agreements; to have the goal of making music in the moment. This was the most important lesson he learned in this experimental period; music is not on paper but is made in the moment.
Matteo has also started accompanying many old films without sound in cinemas; these themselves became improvised live soundtracks to feature films. When he played an improvised live soundtrack at Into The Great Wide Open 2017, Excelsior contracted him afterwards to record an improvisational piano album. This became Matteo’s debut album To Move, recorded in a concert hall without preparation and without a preconceived plan. Successor Verses is also an improvised album recorded in a studio without a grand piano but on a muffled piano to make an intimate album. Ataraxia is Matteo’s first piano album of compositions and was released in January 2019. Although his albums only sound a piano, this is not always the case live. Parabel is the album on which Matteo shows his synthesizers for the first time.
His music is constantly evolving and his live shows are very varied. Often enough he breaks with the traditional laws by constantly improvising with choices of instruments and so he appears with an arsenal of synthesizers, beat machines and organs on just as many different stages. From a festival, to a club, a church or concert hall.
Photo: Melissa Verhoeven