Matt Mancuso: Biography and Class Description
New York born, Matt Mancuso is an extraordinary musician. His playing is spirited and exuberant, yet underpinned by deep technical mastery.
As a young child, Matt was introduced to Irish Music by his father Pete, a respected guitarist . Matt studied with the renowned musician and teacher Maureen Glynn and with Tony De Marco Matt went on to compete in the prestigious All Ireland competitions. Matthew was placed highly 7 years in a row in solo and group competitions.
As Matt grew his musical horizons broadened. He went on to add the love of Jazz to his firm grounding in traditional Irish music. He picked up the trumpet and immersed himself in the Jazz stylings of the greats – Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Clifford Brown, among others. It was not long before he brought the same mastery to the trumpet as he had to the fiddle. And he continues to add instruments to his list, most recently the tenor guitar and guitar.
Matthew has toured the world with Lord of the dance (2002-2005), Europe and U.S. with Grada (2005-2008) The Cathie Ryan band (2006- present) Mathew has also taught Irish traditional fiddle workshops in Europe and US since 2006. This will be Matthew’s third time teaching at Irish Arts Week
Matthews class will working on learning beginner tunes with a focus on fiddle techniques that are very important to continuing study in Irish fiddle music