About Matthew

Biography

Matthew Andrae. His music is featured in movies, television shows, blogs, and events such as the Winter Olympic Games, the World Expo, and Imogen Heap's latest international tour in which he performed an a cappella duet with Imogen. Corporate interests such as Apple Computer and the Chopra Center have played host to Matthew's trademark approach to music—one man, one guitar, one voice.   Born in Santa Fe, NM, Matthew was raised in a scientific family in Los Alamos. Suffering from a congenital disorder (a half-baked science organ), Matthew's chances of making a career in science seemed remote at best. However, guitar seemed second nature to him when he picked it up at age eight. Exposure to great musicians such as Steve Morse, Paco De Lucia and Pat Metheny was critical to Matthew's new plan to conquer the fiery flamenco beast—from Madrid to Malaga he went—in an eye-opening revelation of just how good the Spanish are at flamenco:)     Apache singer-songwriter Matthew Andrae has been living, writing and performing for tourists in his native Santa Fe for over a decade. He sold over 250,000 CD’s on his own, but his music remained a regional phenomenon. "I posted a song I wrote ("Sweet Celine") for my new daughter on You Tube. I had been hearing all about You Tube for a long time from my fans but I never understood the global reach of the site. I bought an $18 webcam and posted my most recent song, just to see what would happen". What happened was an overnight leap from lounge singer to international recording artist. "Sweet Celine" garnered over half a million views in five days. Mathew's other videos have given him over 800,000 combined views. Matthew signed a recording contract in Paris, France and is now set to launch a new album on the world stage. "In the past six months, I have worked with some of my musical heroes and make the album of my dreams. I am extraordinarily fortunate"     Matthew's music combines the groove of a Stevie Wonder with the emotional charge of a Tracy Chapman. His songs are played on a Guitalele (a cross between a classical guitar and a tenor ukulele). Produced by Dominique Fillon and recorded by Helik Hadar in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Paris and Australia, Matthew's new album "Born" boasts an all-star line-up of great musicians and engineers with fourteen Grammy awards between them. Members include Steve Rodby from the Pat Metheny Group who supplies the bass foundation along with Stephane Huchard on drums and Mark Punch for the guitars. This oblique acoustic pop album revealing Matthew's melodies and deep lyrics was mixed by Helik Hadar who has recently worked with Tracy Chapman, Walter Becker and Madeleine Peyroux, and was responsible for recording the 2008 Album of the year Grammy award winning album from Herbie Hancock. "Born" was mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles.  

Albums

"BORN"

Sweet Celine and other love songs from the heady (and sleep deprived!) days of early fatherhood :)

"Live at the Loretto" 1&2

When you think about Santa Fe, you may think of the architecture of the iconic Inn at Loretto, and then hopefully, you'll drop by to see Matthew play in one of the best rooms in the state. If not, don't worry, we made a double album of Matthew's best stuff—live and almost as good as being there in person!

"GROW"

Matthew is spooling up a new album! It should be ready in the next couple of months:) Look out for a Spring release of "Grow"!

Contact

You can contact Matthew's tribe of saucy Brobdingnagians here

Final thought

I have come to believe that this world is a mental construct in the context of a reflexively self-generating (and self-modeling) reality. Extrapolated, this would mean Schrödinger-reality (or the idea that your kitchen at home is non-existent when you aren't there to observe it) is a narrow beam of recursive (repeating) shadows and light projected on a Planck-scale (quite thin) screen in our heads—a movie, in other words—a movie that comes to us from somewhere else. That said,the practical upshot is that we seem to live on a ball of rock in an apparently empty universe. The Creator of All Things isn't using Facebook (as far as we can tell) and some of us think that the subscription model of reincarnation (with the attendant challenges of thriving in an ever-more dynamic world) sounds less appealing than ever. What to do? The Harvard Grant Study (a 75 year research project on the keys to happiness) illuminates a possible answer: The Two Pillars of Happiness: Love and finding a way to cope with life that does not push love away". Details: Stop smoking—it leads the list of reasons we die early. Moderate drinking—three drinks per day for men and two for women keeps your heart happy and depression at bay for many people. Money simply cannot buy happiness— I can attest to this, the most unhappy people I have ever met all seem to share a common denominator: they don't have to work. Your childhood relationships really matter—You live longer and stay happier the more you connected with your parents. If you didn't , you can now work on strengthening your connections to your present set of friends. Don't stop learning—How about using your non-dominant hand for the rest of the day? Take a class? You live happier and longer when you constantly expand your mind. Another thing ( and this was not in the study). There is something called the "U-shaped Happiness Curve" that may really help you feel like you're off the hook for the things that have happened in your life. I suggest you google it. Cheers, Matthew Andrae  
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