Matt Richards’s former career in competition and commercial diving and the sounds and images from deep ocean experiences have greatly influenced his instrumental compositions. The tenor saxophonist (WAAPA 2000) also draws on the unique sounds of African bell music, ancient African Kalimba music patterns, drumming ensembles; Western harmony and jazz melody.
You can hear Matt Richards perform with his quartet and guest vocalist Marcus Gordon at The Ellington on Tuesday February 14 from 8pm
Of course, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a love song and Matt will play several original instrumentals including Laser Beams For Eyes (rearranged 2010). “This song is about the experience of a love interest catching your eye and drawing you in, as if she has the powers of a super hero. As if, like Superman she has laser beam eyes that catch… and hold your glance until her gaze has burned holes clean through your eyes, skull, brains and right out the other side of your head,” Matt said.
Special guest vocalist and guitarist Marcus Gordon loves the country blues and soul sound and he is all set to help bring cupid’s arrow to the Ellington.
Songs include Jessica (Alman Brothers), She’s a River (Marcus Gordon), Feels Like Rain (John Hiatt), She don't Love me ( she loves my automobile) - a swing arrangement of a ZZ Top Song, Blue Monday (Fatts Waller) and Crazy Love (Van Morrison).
The Matthew Richards Quartet will feature Matt on tenor sax, Glyn McDonald (piano), Ben Falle (Drums), Karl Florisson (Bass) with special guest Marcus Gordan (Guitar and Vocals).
Tickets at the door