|"Matt takes no prisoners on the EVI. He is comfortable in many settings using the AKAI EVI and the Steinerphone. His sounds and playing using the TURBO VL70-m are simply spectacular!" - Michael Brecker, EWI virtuoso, sax legend, composer, 11 time Grammy Award winner|
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Upcoming Winelight Public Appearances
Tuesday February 12th, 5 to 7pm: Winelight will be performing at the Red Cross Blood Drive at Landerhaven Party Center. The performance is from 5 to 7pm (time may change). This is an interesting event all for a great cause. Everyone (with blood) is invited. The only requirement is that you donate blood! That's right, you lay there on a couch at the posh Landerhaven Party Center and give your blood and enjoy the smooth sounds of Winelight! In exchange for your blood, everyone gets free live entertainment and FREE FOOD! ...And the food is excellent. Executive Caterers at Landerhaven are known for their top-quality cuisine. So come out and say "Hi!" and enjoy some great FREE food and entertainment. See you there!
Appointments are preferred (and we recommend this), but walk-in donors are also welcomed. Call (800) GIVE-LIFE.
Landerhaven Party Center
6111 Landerhaven Dr.
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
About The EVI & MDT
The EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and MDT (Morrison Digital Trumpet) can be thought of as an "electronic trumpet". They are played somewhat like a trumpet but the sound you hear can be anything- a trumpet, a sax, a trombone, a guitar, a string orchestra, or even a barking dog! The immense sonic potential of these instruments is unlimited.
The EVI is the invention of pioneering instrument designer Nyle Steiner. The MDT is the brainchild of Australian inventor Steve Marshall. The EVI has been used extensively in studios and movie/TV soundtracks including Apocalypse Now, The Color Purple, Dead Poets Society, Fatal Attraction, Ghost, Officer And A Gentleman, Police Academy III, Star Trek III, Knott's Landing, St. Elsewhere, Cagney and Lacy, Columbo, Dallas, Fantasy Island, Matlock, Quincy, & many others. Though you may have not SEEN it before, you have certainly heard it numerous times.
Q. If it's like a trumpet, why do I hear a saxophone?
A. The EVI and MDT don't make any sound themselves. Instead they control the sounds stored in synthesizers. These sounds, specially created by Matt, enable him to sound like a sax, a trumpet, a complete big band, a harmonica, a guitar, a synthesizer, a dog barking, or ANY sound.
Q. How can it sound so real?
A. The sounds Matt has created for the EVI and MDT are so advanced that they actually respond to his playing nuances such as how hard he is blowing and tonguing, vibrato, pitch bends, etc. The resulting sounds are brighter or darker, louder or softer, just like an acoustic instrument. Matt developed these highly advanced sounds and they are used by the world's top wind controller players. Click images below for more info on these amazing instruments...
Winelight Video Clips
Above is a video clip of a live performance by Winelight on Fox 8 TV. In this clip Matt is playing the Steiner / Crumar EVI
Winelight Audio Clips
Here are some mp3 audio recordings of Winelight. The group's performance was recorded LIVE in the studio. Winelight features Matt Traum on EVI Electronic Valve Instrument, Ken Srail on keyboards / key bass, and Jeff Kennat on drums.
Winelight "Live at Landerhaven" Feb 11, 2014 (full 86 minute live recording!)...
The Winelight Demo (12 minutes)...
Short Solo Clips...
The Winelight Songlist
Agua de Beber All Of Me All The Things You Are Always Another Sad Love Song Another Star Arthur's Theme As Time Goes By Baby, Come To Me Blackbird Bluesette Body And Soul Bridge Over Troubled Water Bye Bye Blackbird Cast Your Fate In The Wind Catching The Sun Confirmation Desafinado Dindi Donna Lee Don't Get Around Much Anymore Don't Know Why Dream A Little Dream Of Me Eleanor Rigby Feel Like Makin' Love Feels So Good Fire And Rain Fly Me To The Moon Fragile From A Distance Georgia Girl From Ipanema Girl Talk Going Home Here Comes The Sun Here, There, & Everywhere How Deep Is Your Love How Insensitive How Sweet It Is I Can't Make You Love Me If I Only Had A Brain I Left My Heart In San Francisco I'll See You In My Dreams In A Sentimental Mood In The Merry Old Land Of Oz Isn't She Lovely It Had To Be You It's Only A Paper Moon It's Too Late I've Got You Under My Skin I Wish Just Once Just The Two Of Us Just The Way You Are Killer Joe Killing Me Softly Lady In My Life Lady In Red Lady Madonna La Fiesta
Morning Dance Music To Watch Girls By My Cherie Amour My Favorite Things My Funny Valentine My Girl Norwegian Wood On A Clear Day On Broadway One Hundred Ways On The Sunny Side Of The Street Our Love Is Here To Stay Overjoyed Over The Rainbow OZ Suite Peg Prelude in E Minor (Chopin) Pick Up The Pieces Rise Route 66 Sara Smile Sassy Samba Satin Doll Shaker Song She's Always A Woman She's Gone She's Got A Way She's Leaving Home Silhouette Smile Smooth Operator So Far Away Something Songbird Spain Spooky Stardust Stella By Starlight Still Crazy After All These Years Still The One Strawberry Fields Forever Sugar Summer Samba Summertime Sweet Love Take Five Take The "A" Train Taking A Chance On Love Tangerine Tears In Heaven Tenderly That's The Way Of The World This Can't Be Love This Masquerade Till There Was You Tristeza Turn Your Love Around Unforgettable Watch What Happens Watermelon Man Wave Way You Look Tonight We're In This Love Together What's Going On What's Love Got To Do With It When I'm 64 Where Is The Love Whiter Shade of Pale Winelight With A Little Help From My Friends Yardbird Suite You Belong To Me Your Song You've Got A Friend
+ many others!
This list is subject to change without notice
"Matt takes no prisoners on the EVI. He is comfortable in many settings using the AKAI EVI and the Steinerphone. His sounds and playing using the TURBO VL70-m are simply spectacular!" - Michael Brecker, world renown saxophonist and EWI virtuoso
"I have listened to the first two of your CD's and was quite impressed. I started listening to the first tune which was 'On A Clear Day' and waited a while for the sax to finish playing so I could listen to you play. It took a little while for me to realize that you were the sax." - Nyle Steiner, renown studio session musician and inventor of the EVI
"I received your CD today. Sounds awesome." - Steve Marshall, Inventor of the MDT Morrison Digital Trumpet, Australia
"Hi Matt -- Many thanks for the CD! I'm enjoying it! As I listened to 'Winelight' featuring you on the EVI, I was immediately taken with your complete technical command of a tricky trumpet synth I've been trying to tame since 1983. Your range of expression and the total ease with which you get around the instrument is something to behold. My compliments to you, Ken and Jeff for a job well done! Thanks again, Matt. You're a helluva EVI player!" - Mike Metheny, Trumpet & EVI recording artist, instructor, author
"Matt: I just finished listening to the Winelight CD featuring you on EVI... I'm now going directly to the practice room! Great job Matt. Having been challenged since 1980 by the EVI, I know what it takes to achieve the great technical command you have on the instrument. Let's see... master EVI player, great programmer and musician all rolled into one. Very impressive. The versatility of the group with only 3 pieces is great to. Thanks for sharing the CD with me. I really enjoyed hearing Winelight!" - Mark Hatch, EVI Pioneer
"Hi Matt, I listened to your album and like it. It's great to hear someone who has such command with the EVI. The accompanying players are very good also. And I like the sounds you've created. They have a lot of expression and sound really good. Maybe someday I'll order a VL70-m. Great playing." - Judd Miller, renown EVI recording artist, top-call movie / session musician
"Thank you very much for the Winelight CD. Your playing is terrific. Nice work. Your treatment of the Beatles tunes are superb. Overall, a great 'Smooth Jazz' sound that should be very marketable. I thought you guys sounded very polished." - Steve Anderson, EVI Virtuoso, President IWSA International Wind Synthesis Association
"After the devastation of Hurricanes Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne I was left without electricity, water, and very little phone service for a couple of weeks. During the recovery period I received a nice present from Matt Traum, a CD of his music playing the EVI with a keyboard and drum player. Without electricity, I couldn't listen to it, but appreciated the gesture. Well, our power has been restored, so I put Matt's CD into the player, and I was delighted. The music is great, and Matt's EVI playing is wonderful. I've purchased CDs from major jazz artists that weren't this good. This is definitely world class music, and the wind synth playing is top notch." - Bob 'Notes' Norton, owner of Norton Music, Fort Pierce, FL
"I enjoyed you're playing. Thanks for the CD, it's a pleasure to listen to you." - Rolando Gingras, EVI Player/recording artist Santa Barbara, CA
"Hi Matt. I wanted to let you know how excellent your work is. Your jazz chops are just so cool. You really have some taste and maturity in your playing and it's so cool. EVI players are rare of course, but ones I enjoy listening to at all are all the more rare... and you are in an even more exclusive group... a wind syntheist that can seriously swing for real. Such great stuff. I have listened to your music quite a bit. There's so much good in there but my favorite is what you do with the sawtooth simple analog wave on the Crumar. You totally know when to use the true analog and your inflection is INCREDIBLE. My wife and I listened to your CD in our car, cranked it up for a nice drive. For the longest time I was like... I think... this may be the VL.. but... And finally I knew but I must say... what an amazing emulation and performance. You really have learned how to program that VL and modulate it just right. Just excellent stuff. One of these days I'm going to need to buy one of your custom chips for my VL70-m. I needed to just let you know what a great artist you are. Thanks so much! Take Care!" - Mark Steiner, EVI player, nephew of EVI/EWI inventor Nyle Steiner
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your latest. It sounds damn impressive" - Andrew Batchelor, recording artist Tangent Records, Columbus, OH
"We were listening to this and we're floored. We love this little group. I think it's a wonderful group. I tell you, that kid Traum really, really has a handle on that instrument. Just really cool stuff." - Jerry Bruno, Jerry Bruno Productions Talent Agency, Cleveland, OH
"I wouldn't drive across town to hear some of the better acts that come to Kalamazoo, but I would drive to Ohio to hear you. What a pleasant surprise to get your CD. You guys blow away groups with many more pieces. It is impossible to pick any one favorite. To me there isn't a single tune on the CD that isn't hot. Your keyboard player is phenomenal, and the drummer kicks. As a group you are one lean, hot and very tight musical machine. I would love to come and hear you live." - Bob Hunt, Endless Summer Band, Kalamazoo, MI
"I was so surprised and pleased to have your CD come along. It is a wonderful piece of work. I complement you. You three have a great ensemble sound. Your mastery of the instrument as well as the Jazz style is evident. I will listen often and enjoy what you have done. You are a model for me. Thanks for the CD." - Steve Ehrhardt, Saint Louis, MO
Matt Traum - MIDI EVI
Ken Srail - Keyboards / Bass
Jeff Kennat - Drums
Matt Traum Bio
Matt started playing trumpet in 1973 and the EVI in 1989. He also plays bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, trombone, and sings. Matt established Patchman Music, a world renowned sound design company that specializes in wind controllers. His sounds can be heard throughout the world with the world's top wind controller stars and keyboardists. Matt's clients include Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Tom Scott, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Paul "Wix" Wickens (Paul McCartney's Keyboardist and Music Director), Jeff Kashiwa (The Rippingtons), Nyle Steiner, Mike Phillips (Stevie Wonder), Jon Anderson (YES), Ricky Martin, Kirk Whalum, Courtney Pine, Everette Harp, Bobby Read (Bruce Hornsby), Fred Jackson (American Idol Band), Dave Mathews Band, Dino Soldo (Lionel Richie, Beyonce, Elton John, LeAnn Rimes, Tower of Power, Ray Charles), Edwin McCain, Freddie Ravel (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Andy Hamilton (George Michael, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Dexy's Midnight Runners), Michal Urbaniak (Miles Davis), Michael Bolton, Oscar Peterson, Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), Joe Gulizia (Manheim Steamroller), Jaared (Peter White), Ed Calle (Arturo Sandoval), Tim Cappello (Ringo Starr), Dianna Ross, Scott Kinsey, The Tonight Show Band, Korn, Lenny Price (Earl Klugh), Ron Blake (The Saturday Night Live Band, Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancisco), Simply Red, Hammer, Jeffrey Osborne, Mark Douthit, Rob Mounsey (Grammy nominated producer, arranger, synthesist for Michael Franks, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Donald Fagen), Luis Miguel, Brian Simpson, Frankie Vallie, Randy Crawford, Daryl Dragon (Captain & Tennille), Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Richie Havens, James Brandon (Mickey Gilley), Dan Preston (Luis Miguel), Paul Taylor, Jimmy Haag (Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Wayne Newton), Tom Alvarado (Wayne Brady), Ringling Brothers, The Berklee College of Music, The Eastman School of Music, Stephane Chausse (Michel Legrand), Gil Melle, and numerous other top professionals worldwide!
Matt can be heard on more than 11 albums and has performed with Doc Severinson, Gerald Wilson, Lou Marini Jr. (Blues Brothers sax player), The Les Elgart and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Ron McCroby, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Hank Geer Trio, The Mark Gridley Trio, The Hank Marr Combo, The Exotic Birds, The Ohio State Jazz Ensemble, Joey Tomsick Orchestra, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
He has produced music for various musical artists and has also composed commercial music for clients such as Duro, Glidden, B.F. Goodrich, American Greetings, First Seneca Bank, Ameritrust, Ohio Bell, WUAB, Koenigs Sporting Goods, and The Cleveland Cavaliers. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz and Commercial Music Composition from Ohio State University. He has taught music technology at Cuyahoga Community College (TRI-C) in Cleveland.
Matt was associate producer and sound designer/synth programmer on Andrew Batchelor's "Moments Edge" 1989 release on Tangent Records. The CD received excellent reviews by Billboard, CD Review, JazzTimes, etc., as well as extensive radio airplay.
Matt's sound designs were featured on a 2004 Grammy nominated release for Best Salsa/Merengue Album entitled "Auténtico" by Gilberto Santa Rosa. They were also featured on Ed Calle's 2005 Latin Grammy Award nominated "Ed Calle Plays Santana" CD. Ed Calle also uses Matt's sounds on tour with Arturo Sandoval.
In the summer of 2006 Matt was invited to perform at the Berklee College Of Music. He performed with the Berklee Jazz Faculty members and gave a clinic on the wind controller.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020