STAGE TUBE: Matt Von Roderick's 'Let the Trumpet Talk,' Directed By ROCK OF AGES' Kristin Hanggi!
Check out singer and songwriter Matt Von Roderick's music video for his new single "Let the Trumpet Talk." The video is directed by the Tony nominated director of ROCK OF AGES, Kristin Hanggi. Also featured in the video are Autumn Reeser (Entourage, The OC) and Jerry Zucker (Airplane, Naked Gun) with a cameo from Todd Buonopane. The single is produced by Swiss American Federation (Far East Movement, Nelly Furtado, Madonna).
Matt Von Roderick made his Carnegie Hall main stage debut in 2003 as featured guest soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra through the invitation of Skitch Henderson, and was subsequently named Jazz Artist of the Year by the Independent Music Awards as judged by rock music icon Lou Reed.
Born into a musical family in Vermont, the son of violinist Alvin Shulman and pianist Elizabeth von Stackelberg, Matt started playing music on violin and piano at ages 3 and 4. Matt moved to the baritone horn, and eventually found his gift as a trumpeter, singer and songwriter. Described as "ossessing a rare combination of commercial and progressive aesthetics, Matt has toured internationally, recorded and/or collaborated with such diverse artists as: Neil Diamond, Musiq Soulchild, Brad Mehldau, DJ Spinna, the Complexions Dance Company and Nneena Freelon. His work as a performer has been featured on NBC's Saturday Night Live, the nationally syndicated presidential race coverage on MSNBC, and as both soloist and composer at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts." Classically trained by Mark Gould of the Juilliard School, Matt has given New York and world premieres of Edward Green's 'Concerto in C', Marcello Toledo's 'Solitude of the World', Timothy Newman's 'Intervening Rift', and his own 'Works for Trumpet'. Matt earned his Bachelor's of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, and his Master's degree from New York University which he attended on fellowship through the prestigious Alberto Vilar Global Fellowship in the Performing Arts, dubbed 'The Rhodes Scholarship of the Performing Arts.'
In 2009 Matt moved to Los Angeles, where recent collaborations with hit making producers Swiss American Federation (Far East Movement, Nelly Furtado, Madonna) and Tony nominated director Kristin Hanggi (Rock Of Ages) have helped launch Matt's sound and stage show into new realms. Stay tuned for the forthcoming JAZZYSEXYROCK EP, due out in May 2012.
Kristin is most known for directing and developing the international smash-hit "Rock of Ages" which was nominated for five Tony Nominations including Best Direction of a Musical for Kristin Hanggi. She has directed the productions on Broadway, the West End, Australia, Toronto, and two National Tours.
Ms. Hanggi's other productions include acclaimed pop opera "bare" produced by Dodger Theatricals which was rated the #1 production in New York by Zagat audiences and ran to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles and off-Broadway, for which she received the Ovation Award Best Musical, LA Weekly Award Best Musical, Robby Award Best Director. "Bare" continues to be produced all over the world. Ms. Hanggi also directed initial production that launched the Pussycat Dolls, "Pussycat Dolls Live at the Roxy" with Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra and special guests Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Brittany Murphy, Nikka Costa and Charlize Theron. Other stage productions include: "And the Curtain Rises" at the Signature Theater; the 2007 winner of the New York's Fringe Festival, "Catch The Fish;" Brian Crano's play "Twelfth Premise" (LA Times Critics Pick); the Los Angeles Premiere of Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi" (2001 Ticketholder Award, Best Production; 2001 Ticketholder Award, Best Director; 2001 Robby Award, Best Director of a Play); Crane, Mississippi (LA Times Critic's Choice, BackStage West Critic's Pick); the New York and Los Angeles productions of the underground cult-hit "Ann E. Wrecksick and the Odyssey of the Bulimic Orphans;" "Greystone" (Los Angeles Theater History Project at LATC); "Wayside" (LA Weekly Pick of the Week). Additionally, she directed "Glen Mary Glen Rose: Women Do Men," a benefit for "Step-Up" and the Revlon/UCLA Breast Cancer Center at UCLA's Royce Hall starring Susan Egan, Amy Brenneman, Teri Garr, Vicki Lawrence, and Jean Smart, among others.
As a screenwriter writer, she has recently adapted the hit book series, "Dear Dumb Diary" into a musical movie, which she is also directing, under Executive Producer Jerry Zucker. She is also attached to direct "Naomi + Ely's No Kiss List" with Hayden Panettiere.
Kristin graduated with her Masters from USC after receiving her Bachelors from UCLA in Theater.
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