American Counterpoint

by Matthew Sheens

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Written between the summer of 2016 – 2017, this is an “American Counterpoint” extended piece that reflects on events during that time period, when larger numbers of bigoted and sometimes dangerous people found their voice, empowered largely, from the 2016 Presidential election.
Written for String Quartet and Rhythm section, “American Counterpoint” features John Patitucci on bass. An ambitious album right between modern classic and timeless jazz.

Matthew Sheen`s "American Counterpoint" won this year´s APRA Music Award for "Jazz Works of The Year"

Listed as one of Fred Hersch’s “pianists you should know”, and described as “an outstanding pianist, stoked full of creative ideas and limitless technique….totally innovative and luminous” by the Australian, Sheens is a prolific composer and Australian pianist based in NYC.


released October 26, 2018

Matthew Sheens - Piano
Adam Barnett-Hart - Violin 1
Joel Link - Violin 2
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt - Viola
Brook Speltz - Cello
John Patitucci - Bass
Kenneth Salters - Drums

Composition by Matthew Sheens. Produced by Matthew Sheens. Recorded at Oktaven Audio Studios, Mount Vernon West, NY, September 2017. Engineered by Ryan Streber. Mixed and mastered by David Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NY. Artwork and design by Lauren Bezzina.

This recording was made possible by funding through the Australian Council for the Arts.



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