Matt Walker's exciting work was featured on the programming for the second performance of our acclaimed 2020 Fall Virtual Concert Series—filmed on Thornburg Investments exquisite rooftop garden! Revel in the natural beauty of Santa Fe and surrounding area, as you watch this excerpt featuring Santa Fe Symphony musicians performing MATT WALKER's Squaretet for Cello Quartet. Enjoy views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sandia Crest, and more—beautifully filmed and produced by Hutton Broadcasting.
From years of working closely with many musicians in other genres (notably Lyle Lovett and Chet Atkins), many of Matt Walker’s compositions have become heavily influenced by swing and blues. Written for various instruments including cello, flugelhorn, violin, viola and piano, these pieces rely heavily on the cellist (as well as the rhythm section) to improvise over standard jazz chord progressions. Several of Matt’s solo cello pieces are imitative of blues guitar music, and thus require complex finger-picking patterns and left-hand “hammer-on” techniques.
Dana Winograd, Principal Cello
Joel Becktell, Assistant Principal Cello
James Holland, Cello
Lisa Collins, Cello