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Music For Podcasts.

Podcasts are an incredible way to explore new topics, keep up with world events, and dive down deep, deep rabbit holes we never knew existed all while learning something about ourselves while doing it. Lindsey Kilbride is an award winning journalist and podcast producer for WJCT, an NPR station in Jacksonville, FL. In the Summer of 2019, Matt worked with Lindsey to write and develop a theme song and music beds for her podcast, Oddball.

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Oddball OpeningMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 01:08
TransitionMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 01:00
Transition 2Matthew Wardell
00:00 / 02:03
Editing Room FloorMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 02:45

Music For Silent Film.

I am an ardent supporter and lover of film. Silent films and the development of sound in film is a particular research focus of mine. As a conductor, I've conducted live orchestras with the films Nosferatu (composer Peter WesenAuer), The Lodger and Metropolis (both scores by Brian Satterwhite). In 2014, Bradley DeLoatche and I co-wrote 102 minutes of new music for the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Lon Chaney. The work is written for strings (3.3.3.2.1 min.), flute, and percussion. The score and parts are available for by contacting me here.

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PunishmentMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 03:13
DecisionsMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 01:59
WaltzLaughterMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 02:48
CreditsMatthew Wardell
00:00 / 04:36

Innovative Programming.

The music of Philip Glass' originial and haunting Symphony No. 4 "Heroes"along side an authentic recreation of the Brian Eno produced David Bowie album, Heroes, and Bowies Greatest hits with full orchestra and rock band means one incredible night.

This was a project that I had been thinking about for so long after reading about the friendship between Bowie and Philip Glass. I wanted my audiences to know about it, but I also wanted them to hear how Glass heard Bowie's music and specifically how he then used that to create something totally different, yet audibly completely related through melody, harmony or rhythm. Hearing a movement of the symphony and then the album song, played live, by an incredible band directly after points out the connection in a way that draws audiences in to both classical music and pop music for critical listening and just plain love of the art.

New Music Advocate & World Premieres.

Matt is an advocate of contemporary music and has conducted world premiere performances of several new works.

Fundraising & Projects.

As Music Director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Matt not only spearheaded a now $8 million fund-raising campaign for building a home, but managed its renovation and operating procedures. Matt was named the CEO and Artistic Director of the Reilly Arts Center in 2015. Annually, the Reilly now hosts and produces over 190 events for nearly 75,000 guests. Events in the 700-seat Mainstage theatre and the new NOMA Black Box range from orchestra and ballet to international pop, comedy, country, and rock artists like Kenny G, Bela Fleck, Jim Breuer, Wynonna Judd, Chris Thile, Take Six, Art Garfunkel, and dozens of other grammy-award winning artists. Building the Reilly Arts Center in 2015 and renovating it further in 2021 (adding an additional 15,000 square feet to the arts facility) was a game changer for Ocala.