Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, guitarist Matt Richards grew up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly-energized genre. As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began incorporating the acoustic guitar in various projects. He assimilated Spanish, Latin American and various world influences while developing a unique fingerstyle approach to solo guitar.
With his acoustic performances, Matt gathers musical styles and influences together to create his unique approach to solo guitar. He has been featured as a solo artist on a variety of televised programs, including Miles of Music and Puerto Rican Panorama. Matt performed on-screen in the independent film Smoke And Mirrors. He has been featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, the Frankford Arts Festival, the NAMM Winter and Summer Shows, the Montreal Guitar Show, One Month Festival of South Korea, Daniel Pearl Music Days and Welcome America celebrations. In 2015, Matt established the locally-based Solo Guitar On A Saturday Morning series.
Matt's album 'Balance' is really well-done — it's some of his best work. In particular, his rendition of
the Black Orpheus theme is a masterpiece.
The Matt Richards Group does not play your grandfather's brand of jazz, unless that patriarch
happens to be John McLaughlin. The energized sound his trio produces is most definitely 21st
century and their collective interaction borders on psychic. Whether on six-string guitar or a fretless
11-string hybrid, Richards is truly a guitarist's guitarist.
Impossible to define and largely improvisational...
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
As a result of the pandemic I am now teaching all students online. I regularly utilize Zoom, Skype and
What's App for online lessons.
For further details, including rates and scheduling, please contact me directly:
Drawing upon over 38 years of playing music and 20 years of teaching guitar, Matt Richards
conducts both workshops and masterclasses for groups and provides personal musical instruction for
individuals at all levels of musical ability.
In his workshops, Matt provides insight into the mechanics of playing the guitar and the factors
utilized to create music