January 23rd, 2020 8pm Stage 2
Matt Siffert is an experimental folk artist. Born in New York City to a psychologist, Siffert grew up surrounded by a love of people and curiosity in the human condition. His childhood was spent immersed in the city’s rich and diverse musical history, from Leonard Bernstein to Public Enemy, Miles Davis to Bob Dylan.
While studying psychology in Havana, Cuba, Siffert fell in love with the country’s folk music, which combined songwriting with jazz harmony, African rhythm, and rock energy. It was all of his early influences wrapped into one musical language. Realizing that songwriting could unite his eclectic musical interests, he bought a Cuban-made acoustic guitar and began writing songs.
Siffert’s songwriting voice developed through his background in psychology, combined with his life in New York City and Havana. He began finding inspiration through a variety of angles, including politics, humor, romance, and friendship. After returning to the States, Siffert moved to Nashville and launched his career as an internationally touring singer-songwriter. He now divides his time between New York City and Nashville.
Siffert has released six works as a solo artist – ‘Morningside,’ ‘Cold Songs,’ ‘Rise,’ ‘Accelerations,' ‘Gallatin,’ and 'Bright Shadows.' Tonight, Siffert premieres the music from his newest project, 'The Magic of The New.'