Born: 1981 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Roman Matin was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1981. His father played bass guitar in local rock bands. Roman was interested in music from his early childhood, and to his five he knew almost all European and American musical groups. His first major hobby became art-rock. Later Roman was acquainted to the academic and jazz music. Among the favorite musicians he calls Lester Young, Art Pepper, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Fred Frith; his favorite composers are Bartok, Stravinsky, Satie, Shostakovich.
In music school Matin studied only the first two years and then switched to the private lessons. His first major teacher was his aunt - pianist Elizabeth Alexeyeva, who worked as a teacher at music high school. Later, the Belarusian Symphony Orchestra violinist Mikhail Goldin gave lessons to the young musician. Then Roman was taught to play the guitar by his friend Mitya Rud. In his youth Matin played in several local groups, performing rock, but he said I do not want to follow my fathers’ footsteps, and rock music made me bored very soon.
The musician plunged into his own creativity. He remembers: concerts bored me very much, and I began to think that the show - this is not my thing, and truly sincere music can be born only in silence. Being interested in academism, the musician spent much time alone with himself writing in absolute silence . The first works were used in Belarusian films. Roman gave few concerts, he spent a lot of time in the studio.
The creator of a truly unique style of playing the guitar, the holder of the original beauty of sound, marked by famous musicians and thousands of listeners, Roman released a new album Music For Electric Guitar in May 2008 - the first year on independent label RoDC. Matin’s style is a synthesis of jazz improvisation and academic approach; his polytonal and polyrhythmic technique with the lyrical and nostalgic mood music has won the hearts of listeners. Music of Matin appreciated by such greats as Sheila Jordan, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Pauline Oliveros, Lenny White, Alphonse Mouzon, James Spaulding, Stu Goldberg, Ned Rothenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, a multitude of young musicians.
A wonderful new talent with deep feeling - Sheila Jordan
You sound great - Charlie Haden
Very good music! You have the stuff - Michael Henderson, bass player with Miles Davis, 1970-1975
At last, an original voice! I love this ideas - Ralph Carney, main sax player and arranger with Tom Waits
This guitar work is very original and mysterious. I'm really enjoying it. - Eric Bikales, organ player with Tom Waits
This music is beautiful - Badal Roy
Very nice and peaceful - Airto Moreira
This sound is soulful and haunting - It urges you to hear more - James Spaulding
Awesome! Great work - Alphonse Mouson
Great to hear this guitar work! Enigmatic and searching with a nice balance of clarity and opaqueness - Brucre Eisenbeil
Very nice. Original and tasteful - Wayne Gabriel, lead guitar with John Lennon
You manage to catch a great atmosphere! - Tomas Bodin, The Flower Kings
This music is lovely... veiled and kind of Satie-esque - Anthony Coleman
Glad to hear somebody taking chances again - Lenny White, Return To Forever
I like the vibe of these guitar tracks. Dark, moody, personal. Very nice - Michael Blair, drummer with Tom Waits
Keep up spirit alive - Charli Persip, drummer with Dizzy Gillespie
Sound great. I really dig the production and the creativity. It's on! - Dave McMurray
Very nice! - Doug Munro
Very creative approach! - Chris Burnett
Music up at last! - Robert W. Getz
This music is not only beautiful but rare. The feeling is from a place few know about and even fewer visit. - Stan Harrison
Your minimalist sound has something of really sensitive. Your guitar seems to be alive. Strange feeling. - Bérénice Pouplet, Alc've
This is music made not for the latest trends or the marketplace but for the sake of the music itself. It is performed honestly, without unnecessary flash. It is simultaneously contemplative, nostalgic, forward-thinking and personal. Bravo! - Erroll Zastre, Second World
Anyone can play the guitar but you tell stories with your strings. Stories of love and happiness and pain and regret. Great stuff! - Joel Vallie
This music makes me feel free - Gyusz, d.e.c. band
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