Matt Geraghty is a bassist without borders, a sonic traveler whose musical pursuits have drawn him to the local music scenes on four continents. Geraghty has collaborated with musicians from Brazil, Colombia, West Africa, Japan, India, and Trinidad, and has journeyed deep into the musical enclaves of Spain, France, Portugal, Cuba, Colombia, and the Philippines.
Matt recently launched an international music series called Trade Winds that travels along the historic triangle trade route, exploring the history and evolution of music through improvised compositions. Trade Winds builds collectives of premier musicians in coastal cities looking to reveal a common footprint of music, rhythm and culture. To date Matt has built a collective of over 250 premier musicians in New York, New Orleans, San Juan and Cuba.
Matt’s list of music collaborations crosses all genres of music and includes projects and recordings with 3-time grammy winning pianist Gil Goldstein, 7-time grammy winning drummer Paul Wertico, Polish star vocalist Anna Maria Jopek, Indian Sarangi Master Ramesh Misra, Hammond B-3 legend Ike Stubblefield, Buena Vista Social Club pianist Rolando Luna, Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tabb, Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Kirk Joseph and grammy winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy of Bela Fleck and Flecktones.
“All the world was a stage for Shakespeare. For US bassist Matt Geraghty it’s a palette of sounds. He draws on elements of Indian, North African, Latin and Gypsy music to infuse and thicken his highly melodic compositions, doing so with a lightness and lack of self-consciousness that sets him apart from much fusion. Each piece is a touchdown at a new destination, accompanied by a cast including the gorgeous Polish singer Anna Maria Jopek and pianist/accordionist Gil Goldstein. Fans of Pat Metheny and Chick Corea will quickly latch on, but Geraghty’s singularly appealing ideas are all his own. Beautiful and very accessible, this could be the pop music of a more sophisticated planet.” -John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“As relations with Cuba normalize, we’re likely to get tons of touristy audio postcards. But this Trade Winds project is different. Though some of the jams drift into generic jazz fusion, there is a genuine conversation going on, unfolding in real time and alive with the spirit of exploration.” – Tom Moon, NPR
“Cuban projects have already been successfully accomplished by Canadian, Jane Bunnett and her husband Larry Cramer, who quietly continue to raise the roof with each new project they carry out. They were followed by Ry Cooder and Wim Wenders, who made the Buena Vista Social Club a household name worldwide. However Matt Geraghty is attempting something never attempted before.” – Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network