Matt Panayides is a modern guitarist and composer whose compelling melodies, compositions and improvisations have led to performances and collaborations with musicians all over the world. Employing modern harmonies, free/structured improvisations, mixed-meter rhythms and straight-ahead swing, Panayides has created his own unique musical voice on the guitar. Based in New York City, Matt leads a variety of different musical groups and can be found performing throughout the area as a soloist, leading his own trio or quartet, or rounding out the rhythm section of a big band. When not performing, he can be found working as a music educator in a wide variety of settings. He is the owner/manager of Tonal Art Music Center, which is a musician-centered teaching studio which employs several gifted musicians/educators. He also works as a teaching artist for Midori and Friends, and can be found leading jazz guitar workshops and masterclasses around the world.
His current musical project was formed in the Spring of 2018 and is called “Field Theory”. This group has been performing new music throughout NYC in venues such as the 55 Bar, Nublu and ShapeShifter Lab. Joined by Matt Vashlishan on wind synth, Bob Sabin on bass and Mark Ferber on drums the band explores the intersection of sound waves with conscious beings and the sonic textures of space in time as mapped onto the present moment. The compositions and electrified guitar tone blends with the mind-bending virtuosity of the EWI and is propelled forward by this rhythmic powerhouse: the music is alive. In 2018 Panayides took this new music to Asia where it was debuted to packed clubs throughout Seoul and Shanghai. He will be returning in the summer of 2019 for more concerts and performances in Seoul. With a Midwest tour in the works, a new album should be out in early 2020.
His previous group featured a long-standing partnership with Rich Perry on tenor sax and a rotating cast of some of NYC’s heaviest rhythm section players including: Steve LaSpina, Thomson Kneeland, Matt Pavolka, Alex Ritz, Mark Ferber, Bob Sabin, Sam Trapchak, and Jeff Davis. These quartets led to the creation of two albums “Conduits” with Rich Perry, Mark Ferber and Thomson Kneeland, and “Tapestries of Song” with Rich Perry, Steve LaSpina and Dan Weiss. Both albums were released on the Pacific Coast Jazz record label to much acclaim and feature Panayides’ compositions.
Matt Panayides holds a BM from Manhattan School of Music and an MM from William Paterson University.