At the age of 4, Matthew Hurlbert picked up his first violin. By only 7 years old, classical masterpieces by artists such as Beethoven and Sarasate had been perfected. Thousands of hours of practice ensued in the following years and whenever or wherever Matthew performed not only would the crowd give a standing ovation, but he would be asked to play at other events.
Matthew started to play in front of large scale audiences at 15, and has won multiple awards for his songwriting and performing skills. Weening away from, though still appreciating classical music, Matthew’s specialty genres today consist of rock, country, pop, dance and bluegrass. Matthew’s debut EP, “Morpheus” is now out on iTunes.
This album is a perfect blend of classical violin and pop & dance that ends up being something completely different than the genres it was created with. Matthew is a brilliant violinist who evokes the full spectrum of emotions with his playing. Unlike traditional classical violin music or country fiddling, though, Matthew has written and arranged the violin parts to be played over a wide range of modern electronic tracks, with results that make you want to listen to them over and over.
The works on this album includes the tracks “Victory”, “Future”, “Dream” and “Hope” where Matthews has skillfully kept his instrument’s voice dominant, using the mix of electronic beats as a lively backdrop upon which to play. He proves to not only be a very capable musician; but his arrangements and mixes are fun to hear.
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Matthew Hurlbert is a gifted artist who is both inspired and inspiring. He takes a beautiful instrument and makes it more modern, upbeat, rocking, fresh, and fun. His style of electric dance-pop with a violin weaving in and out, all the way through is unique and fascinating.
Matthew’s style bears some resemblance to violin-playing artists like Lindsey Stirling, David Garrett and Vanessa Mae. So if you’re a fan of any of these, you’ll certainly appreciate Matthew’s music. Right from track one, you can’t help dancing and swinging your hips, as the songs are very upbeat and danceable. While the talent and passion, courtesy of Matthew is obvious. The result is that you’ll want to hear this album often. Even if the violin isn’t your idea of fun, Matthew will make it an absolute thrill for all.
Overall “Morpheus” is just another example of what a violin can do in contemporary music. It conveys the qualities of beauty and strength while evoking emotions, creating moods and stimulating reaction in the listener. With beautiful, joyful and rhythmic music, Matthew Hurlbert bridges the gap between classical and rock/pop and dance. And he does it brilliantly!
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