Matthew Halpin is a saxophonist and composer born in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston in 2013 (BA) and is currently based in Cologne, Germany.
Matthew began studying saxophone at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he took part in the Banff Centre’s workshop in jazz and creative music directed by Dave Douglas and again in 2017 under the direction of Vijay Iyer. Matthew commenced his bachelor degree studies at Berklee College of Music in 2009 as one of two international presidential scholars of that year. In 2010 he was chosen to be educated through the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, a highly concentrated two year music performance program headed by pianist Danilo Perez. He graduated from Berklee in 2013. He has studied with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Jamie Oehlers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Andrew Cyrille, Gary Bartz, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman and Hal Crook.
Matthew leads and co-leads several bands, including „Last Chance Dance” and “Roamer“ and the “Matthew Halpin Group”.
Currently he plays as a sideman with Hendrika Entzian, Jonathan Hofmeister, Soulcrane, Riaz Khabirpour, Veronika Morscher, Mike Nielsen and Maximilian Stadtfeld. He also works with larger ensembles such as the WDR and NDR Big Bands, RTE National Concert Orchestra, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and the Jakob Helling Big Band. Matthew is a regular member of faculty at the Sligo Jazz Project in Ireland and has taught masterclasses around Europe, USA and Central America.
Matthew has performed at the Blue Note and Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Monterrey Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Sligo Jazz Project, the Galway Jazz Festival, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Berklee Performance Center and the Kennedy Center. He performs more frequently in small, smelly, bars, pubs and jazz clubs.
Since 2013, Matthew has been composing on a regular basis for many of his own projects. His composition style is unique, distinctive and often braggadocios.
This is on full colour display on his debut album “Agreements,” released on Frutex Tracks in 2021 and featuring the four fantastic musicians Kit Downes, Hanno Busch, Sean Carpio and Sergio Martinez as well as singers Veronika Morscher, Laura Totenhagen and Rebekka Salomea Ziegler on the final track. The production of “Agreements” was supported by Generations Jazz Festival and SRF.
„Mathew Halpin is quickly gaining a reputation as a fearlessly inventive improviser“
Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times 2016
„Halpin is arguably one of the finest saxophonists to have emerged from Ireland in recent years“
Ian Paterson, All About Jazz 2016
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