"I was blown away by Matthew's voice, the minute he started to sing. He has an effortless sound." -China Forbes of Pink Martini
Portland based singer/songwriter Matthew Gailey is releasing his debut EP "Beast in Babylon" at The Secret Society Friday evening Feb 8th 9pm. With a crooner and songwriter at the helm, accompanied by eloquent and funky guitar, rhodes and cello, Beast in Babylon is an eclectic and fresh cross-genre fusion of artsy pop and indie folk rock.
The indie album features some of the Northwest's top talent including Anna Fritz (Portland Cello Project), bassist Sam Howard, Seattle-based afro-cuban guitarist Eric Fridrich and newcomers including acoustic guitarist Peter Lance. Highly recommended if you're into Chris Isaak, Fleet Foxes or Tom Waits. The album's lyrical content is a mix of inward focus on what drives good and bad in all of us (Beast in Babylon, Your Silent Sea) and ideas of community building and looking outward (It All Comes Back Around).
Matthew has been increasingly active in the Portland music scene in the past two years opening for China Forbes with the BOS Big Band at NW Film Center's annual gala and recently singing as part of a small men's ensemble lead by Stephen Marc Beaudoin with The Portland Cello Project for their concert version of Radiohead's OK Computer. He is also the Music Director at PHAME Academy, Portland's acclaimed fine and performing arts non-profit working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Featuring special guests: The Quadraphones Based in Portland, Oregon, the Quadraphonnes saxophone quartet is not your average band. These 4 women (6 with a rhythm section) bring to the stage a powerful and rare show that delights the ear with tantalizing funk grooves and soaring saxophone solos. Michelle Medler, Mieke Bruggeman, Mary-Sue Tobin, and Chelsea Luker combine original music with both new and standard arrangements for saxophone quartet (often plus bass and drums). The ensemble covers a broad spectrum of music ranging from original music to New Orleans style Jazz, to John Coltrane, to Tower of Power, to Eric Dolphy, to Astor Piazzola. In addition, the quartet's repertoire includes Baroque and Contemporary forms.
The Secret Society (View)
116 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR 97212