CD review: Matthew Dievendorf – Threads 2019: Video, CD cover

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Jazz guitarist, composer, designer and sound engineer based in Washington DC. Matt is the 2018 outstanding doctoral graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and is an in-demand musician in the DC area.

Matt started his musical career at home under the tutelage of his father, an accomplished guitarist. While still a teenager, performing with multiple groups that included both his father and brother, Matt was immersed in the rock and blues traditions.

After finishing high school Matt was recruited by the U.S. Marine Corps as a guitarist. Four years later, after graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music and performing in hundreds of concerts, Matt headed to the University of Michigan School of Music.

While at Michigan, Matt performed with the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble and appeared on William Bolcom’s 2005 GRAMMY Award winning album Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Matt graduated from the University of Michigan with highest honors.

Matt has spent several years in Washington, DC as a key player in the DC and Baltimore music communities, and as an accomplished guitar instructor at Levine Music. He freelances with diverse ensembles ranging from alt country and indie-rock outfits to jazz trios and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.

In 2013, Matt relocated to Los Angeles, California to study in the famed Studio/Jazz Guitar Program at the University of Southern California. He has earned a Master’s degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Matt is the 2018 outstanding doctoral graduate of the Thornton School of Music.

Matt recently returned to the Washington, DC area. He currently performs as a duo with his wife, Amy K Bormet. They explore an eclectic mix of songs from the Great American Songbook, MPB, country, R&B and popular songs as well as original material.

Matt’s latest project Beyond the Horizon is a 50-minute multimedia concert that imagines what it would be like to travel with the New Horizons spacecraft three billion miles to Pluto.

  1. Lady, Carve Away
  2. Setembro 25
  3. Richard Roy
  4. To Dream and Forget
  5. Revelacao
  6. November Eight, Two-Thousand-Sixteen
  7. Per Lei


Ana Barreiro – drums
Amy K Bormet – piano
Matthew Dievendorf – guitar
Aaron Janik – trumpet
Sezin Ahmet Türkmenoğlu – bass
David Wise – tenor saxophone

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