Bio

Cathedral of Trees (classical guitarist Matthew Anderson) performs the music of Egberto Gismonti and other progressive composers of his era. Equally adept on piano and flute, it was on the guitar that Gismonti found his most elemental expression. Profoundly inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest and their music, Gismonti used the orchestral colors of the ten-string guitar to re-create the beauty and complexity of the natural world. These works fused classical and world music into a language all its own. Inspired by his love of nature, Cathedral of Trees breathes life into this otherworldly music, while exploring the contemporary sounds that influenced its style.

“Armed with a 10-string classical guitar, Anderson explores the intersections between jazz, classical, and world music with spontaneity and dynamism.” – Earshot Jazz 

A native to the Northwest, Matthew Anderson is a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts and an educator with an emphasis on Baroque and Latin American styles. He was a soloist at St. James Cathedral from 1997 to 2007, where he specialized in the works of J. S. Bach. Matthew next explored the electric guitar, releasing two albums with the Seattle band The Endeavors in 2009, The Fine Art of Persuasion and Highway to Me (Spotify, iTunes). A proponent of new solo music, he premiered Kevin Callahan’s The Fourth Stream in 2011, which was inspired by Seattle’s golden jazz-club era and the music of Jimi Hendrix. Since 2016 he has been playing the ten-string classical guitar for the music of Egberto Gismonti, naming his project Cathedral of Trees after Gismonti’s musical compositions inspired by the rainforest.

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Egberto Gismonti at Town Hall presented by Earshot Jazz, Seattle 2019

The sound of the jungle, its color and mysteries; the sun, the moon, the rain and the winds; the river and the fish; the sky and the birds, but most of all the integration of musician, music and instrument into an undivided whole.  –  Egberto Gismonti, Sol Do Meio Dia, ECM 1978