Matt Oestreicher is a New York City based Bandleader and Producer who for the last 10 years has been a consistent presence on the stage and on the tv screen. He has been the keyboardist/guitarist/arranger for the world famous Apollo Amateur Night Band for almost a decade. He has performed with a who’s who list of international music artists including Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Weird Al, Michael Bolton, Jon Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, will.i.am, Anita Baker, and many many others. On tv you may have seen him or heard his music on shows like Showtime at the Apollo on FOX(Ray Chew), The Macys Parade on NBC, Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central, The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, or the Wendy Williams Show. As a touring musician he performed on tours like The Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour, The Weezer/Blink 182 reunion tour, and Anita Bakers Farewell Tour. On Broadway he was the Music Director and conductor for the revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe on 42nd Street. He has also played for The Carole King Musical and has recorded music for tv broadcast with the casts of Broadway shows like The Prom, SpongeBob SquarePants, My Fair Lady, and The Donna Summer Musical. His proficiency on multiple instruments and his ability to lead teams of creative individuals keep him in demand as a bandleader, arranger, and producer.
Matt is a producer, arranger, performer, writer, band leader, and educator. He has performed/worked with many internationally loved artists like Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Ray Chew, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, The Isley Brothers, Paul Shaffer, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Boys II Men, Talib Kweli, Travie McCoy, Esperanza Spalding, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Valerie Simpson, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Melvin Sparks, Mike Gordon, Krishna Das, Wah!, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. Matt is the arranger/keyboardist/guitarist for the world famous Apollo Amateur Night Band. On Broadway, Matt has played lead guitar for Beautiful the Musical: The Carole King Broadway Show and was the Music Director for the New York revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Stage 42 in 2018. Matt also did extensive international touring with Chester French opening for Lady Gaga, Blink 182, Weezer, Q-Tip, and many others. He was a member of the virtuoso Jam band "The Breakfast" (currently Kung Fu) and the classic jazz group "The Verve Jazz Ensemble."
He has written and collaborated on arrangements for the BET Music Awards, Bruno Mars, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Joan Jett, Michael J. Fox, will.iam, and others. Matt has composed for TV and Film, including recent documentaries We Cause Scenes (premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival), and Carvalho's Journey where he contributed music along with Bill Frisell, Jay Lifton, and John Medeski. Matt has appeared on national television shows including Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The ESPY Awards, Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and he has played venues and festivals such as Jones Beach, Gathering of the Vibes, and Summerfest. Matt was in the house band for the FOX tv revival of Showtime At The Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey(Airing winter and spring 2018). Matt worked with 13 of Swedens top artists on the TV series "En Kvall i New York" which premiered primetime on STV in August 2016. In 2017 he worked on the Swiss version of the same show.
After receiving degrees in both Philosophy and Music from Tufts University and New England Conservatory respectively, Oestreicher chose to pursue a different kind of education. He spent the greater part of 4 years living at yoga centers and meditation centers where he worked in exchange for instruction in Eastern spiritual and body practices that included yoga, chi gong, martial arts, and meditation. He has studied with many of the great living masters of these arts including a winter living in the Maui home of Ram Dass(Richard Alpert.) Oestreicher is certified as a yoga teacher, chi gong teacher, massage therapist and energy healer.
Matt Oestreicher uses his experience in the entertainment world and the holistic health world to create programs that educate, entertain, and enlighten. His newest show One With Everything (www.onewitheverything.tv) due to release in 2019 features discussions and experiences with spiritual teachers and practitioners from various traditions as well as top quality music. Matt is also the co-founder of the non-profit Your Time To Shine, Inc. (www.yourtime2shine.org)which is a community building arts program meant to supplement arts education for youth from in-need communities. Matts podcast "The Mindful Musician" (www.mattoestreicher.com/podcast) explores the intersection of music, business, and spirituality.
He released his first album "Dream The World New" (http://www.mattoestreicher.com/music/) in 2018 and released a fully improvised duo album with author/musician Stephen Nachmanovitch in 2019.
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Matt Oestreicher is a New York City based Bandleader and Producer who for the last 10 years has been a consistent presence on the stage and on the tv screen. Behind the scenes, Matt is called upon to lead creative teams and coordinate high profile projects.
Performances/arranging or recording with:
Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Ray Chew, Jon Bon Jovi, The Isley Brothers, Paul Shaffer, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Boys II Men, DMX, Talib Kweli, Travie McCoy, Esperanza Spalding, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Valerie Simpson, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Rueben Studdard, Jazmine Sullivan, Freddy Jackson, Johnny Kemp, Melvin Sparks, Mike Gordon, Krishna Das, Wah!, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
TV House Bands:
Showtime at The Apollo (FOX). - (programming, charting, keyboards, guitar)
Swedish TV show on STV En Kvall I New York: season 1 (guitar/keys)
Swiss TV show: One Night in New York: Piano, music coordinatior
Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central (Keys, Guitar)
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2017-2018)
Selected TV appearances:
The Today Show
Showtime at the Apollo
The Wendy Williams Show
Night of Too Many Stars
Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
The ESPY awards.
BET Music Awards
ABC TV - Power of Love Gala
Verve Jazz Ensemble
Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinsons Benefit
Stevie Wonder House of Toys Benefit
Smokey Joe’s Cafe New York Revival - Music Director/ Conductor (Nominations: Audelco Award: Outstanding Musical Director, Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Revival)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Lead Guitar
Getting The Band Together on Broadway: Associate Conductor
Tokyo Swing(2020) - music director, arranger, composer of additional music
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
NASA - Mars Rover landing event
Anita Baker “Farewell Tour” - (Keys II, Charting, Playback)
Tours with Chester French (interscope records): Lady Gaga “Monster Ball” tour
Weezer/Blink 182 Reunion Tour (USA/Canada)
Gym Class Heros (College Tour)
The Breakfast (2007-2009)
Selected TV/Film score/Composer/Arranger
We Cause Scenes - (SXSW, Hotdocs)
Handsome Harry - on screen, arranger, pianist
BET Music Awards
Carvalhos Journey - (guitars)
Verve Jazz Ensemble - Per Your Request (composer, arranger)
Burlesque Assassins - (Boogie Woogie Piano composition, performance)
Composer/Producer Original Music
Ep release 2018 Dream The World New. (2018)
Freeplay - fully improvised album with musician/author Stephen Nachmanovitch (2019)
Experiments in Movement and Meditation - (2017)
Issac Allen “Don’t Smoke”. (Co-produced w Vic Steffens)
Verve Jazz Ensemble latest release “Per Your Request”.
Non-Profit Executive Director. (www.yourtime2shine.org)
You’re Time To Shine inc. (2015-)
Received a “Man Of Vision” award from Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network for “Inspiring and empowering young people in the arts from multi-cultural communities” (2018)
Provided workshops, classes, after school programs, performances for hundreds of students in Connecticut and New York.
Produced showcases featuring children performers and local celebrities
Selected Benefit Concert Performances:
Power of Love Gala
Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Dubin Breast Cancer Foundation
The Mindful Musician - host and producer (32 episodes).
Bijou Theatre - interim CEO.
Television/ Live Event Producer:
Your Time To Shine Showcases
Live performances at Branson Hall, The Bijou Theatre, Bistro B - including jazz performances, comedy, variety shows.
One With Everything (talk show pilot featuring Krishna Das, Daryl Davis, Jonathan Foust, David Vago 2019). - www.onewitheverything.tv
Tufts University - B.A. Philosophy 2000
New England Conservatory - B.A. Music 2000
Chinese intensive 2001-2013 (Berlitz).
Psychodrama (at Omega Theater Boston)- Intro, Intensive, Dreamwork
Vipassana Meditation 10 day silent retreat, ongoing practice
Berklee Online - Production, Mixing, vocal performance
Holistic Health/ Spirituality
Personal Assistant to Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) - Maui 2010
Certified Yoga Teacher (2001)
Certified Integral Chi Gong Teacher. (2003)
Completion of the 3 month Spiritual Lifestyle Program. (Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Completion of the 2 year Karma Yoga Program (Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health)