In Andre Matov's metaphorical Garaж (pronounced garage) there is no room for a car. Instead, the shelves on the walls bend under records and CDs - music from the Balkans to the Levant, but also with jazz, surf and psychedelic rock.
In addition to microphones, cables and effects pedals, vintage guitars, woodwind and brass instruments are stored here in their open cases, and in the middle of the room: a ready-built drum kit, an old Hammond organ with bass manual and a rocked-out guitar amp.
What happens when five musicians around composer and guitarist André Matov, who have been playing together for years, enter the room and give emotional free rein to their joy of playing with technical demands and fresh humor? That is the sound of MATOVSGARAЖ.
Balkanjazz, soulpop, avantgarde – Berlin based André Matov is infused with influences from a broad musical pallete, whether as a guitarist, composer, or producer – a far cry from his childhood initiation to music. At the Age of six, Matov received a violin from his father, who was an ochestra musician. At the age of 13 he picked up the electric guitar to play the riffs and soli of Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music of jack-of-all-trades Frank Zappa and John Zorn stimulated Matov´s interest in jazz, opened up new directionsand inspired him to study jazz music at the Folkwang-University Of The Arts in Essen, germany. In 2006 shortly after graduation Matov and his Band won the competition jazzwerkruhrpreis and recorded their debut CD. In 2015 he formed his Trio with Jo Aldinger on the Hammond Organ and drummer Bernd Oezsevim recorded Storm Spirit. André Matov composes and produces his own music, as well as music projects in colaboration with other artists. Beside, he composes music for film, theatre and television productions. As a guitarist he plays in his own artistic projects and as a sideman, for other musicians, performances and theatre productions.