2016 in Review

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2016 was a busy year, and, as a new father, a year of many changes both personally and professionally. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time this year watching my exuberant (and exhausting) son grow, AND the pleasure of playing lots of music. To name a few stages I graced this year, 2016 brought me to gigs at the New York Botanical Garden, Central Park Zoo, The Duplex, and the old stand-by: The Bitter End. I had the chance to perform locally at the Mile Square Theater — a brand new Hoboken venue with great sound — and I traveled up to Connecticut for a show at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.

Not only did I get to play in some amazing venues this year, but I shared the stage with some fantastic musicians as well. I performed world music with my old friends, the Herreras, cabaret with singer-songwriter Rivky G, and got the kids dancing to original rock n’ roll with the Fuzzy Lemons. I was a part of new projects with Jaime DeJesus, Ty Tuschen, and Gerry Rosenthal, and joined Gold N Brown for the Hoboken Irish Festival. In Chicagoland the Replays put two generations of Teitelmen on the stage together at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, and back on the east coast I joined the Grammy-winning Dirty Sock Funtime Band for an amphitheater show.

One of the things I’m most excited about having worked on in 2016 is my teaching work. This year I filmed training videos for the Songs for Seeds franchise and created the new Latin Ensemble and Latin Jam at Hoboken’s Drum Den. In 2017, I hope to build on these programs and continue to inspire my students and peers alike.

On a more somber note, we lost so many pillars of our musical community in 2016, including two of my musical idols, David Bowie and Prince. I want to take a moment to remember those who have passed and to acknowledge that we who attempt to follow in their footsteps have gained so much from their contributions.

Here’s to 2017. May it bring joy, laughter, and much music.

-Matt

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