Press - 02/13/2014

MiraCosta College Music Instructor Celebrates CD Release with Concert

Matt Falker

MiraCosta College piano and vocal jazz professor Matthew Falker is releasing his debut CD Feb. 28 during a performance with local jazz legend Peter Sprague.

“Playpen” features jazz standards such as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Centerpiece” and “The Very Thought of You.” It will be available at the performance and through iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and Falker’s website, MattFalker.com. Falker and Sprague are friends who have performed together in the past, and the CD was recorded at the critically acclaimed jazz guitarist’s Encinitas studio.

“It was time to put everything I’ve been doing for the past few years down on a CD,” Falker said when asked why he decided to record a CD now. “I also hope to get more exposure, connect with more people and get more gigs.”

While this is Falker’s first CD, he has played and sung on about 10 CDs recorded by others in the past. Falker, 42, began playing the piano when he was 4 and has been performing since he was 21. He directs vocal jazz ensembles and teaches theory and piano classes at the Oceanside Campus. Previous faculty positions include the University of Southern California, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton and Purdue University.

Falker earned his undergraduate degree in jazz piano from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and his graduate degree in jazz voice from the University of Southern California. He has performed throughout the western United States and Canada, including the Monterey Jazz Festival. He also is the founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival held annually at MiraCosta College. 

Falker also plays keyboards for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and he serves as the minister of music at the Word of God Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Falker said the next phase of his musical evolution will focus on exploring the fusion between jazz and gospel.

The Feb. 28 concert featuring Peter Sprague is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Concert Hall at MiraCosta College’s Oceanside Campus. Besides Falker, other performers include Roger Shew on bass and `Slammin’ Sammy K on drums, with vocalists Leonard Patton and the Frequency Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

General admission tickets are $15; cost for students and seniors is $10.

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