Aerial Photograph is a 10-piece original jazz group led by New York based guitarist and composer Matt Davis. This forward-leaning ensemble explores the overlap of contemporary classical music and jazz with its unique instrumentation of guitar, bass, drums, string quartet, clarinet, trumpet and tenor saxophone. Described as “Inspired” by Downbeat Magazine, “Incredible” by the Philadelphia Daily News and “Eloquent” by JazzTimes, the group has performed throughout the eastern U.S. as well as in China and South Korea.
Each musician in the group is a celebrated artist in their own right, bringing a heartfelt and personal approach to the music. Each has a thriving performance career and have performed with such esteemed organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and many internationally acclaimed jazz artists.
Since recording their debut CD in 2003, Davis has released three additional full-length CDs with Aerial Photograph to critical acclaim; “Before the Stars Burn Out,” 2006, and “Ways and Means,” 2009 and “Big Family” in 2019. The group has also released a 12 part series of discs cataloging music from the self-produced project called “City of New York, 2013." Each month during the year, Matt composed new music inspired by the lives of New Yorkers.
A central theme of Aerial Photograph's music is storytelling. One of Matt's approaches to composition for the ensemble begins with conversations he has with individuals about their lives, communities, and their personal stories. Matt meets with people from diverse backgrounds, records his conversations with them, and then composes music based on these interactions. The resulting music is often thought provoking, emotional, funny, tragic, and inspiring. Matt has interviewed the elderly, drug addicts, immigrants, children, religious believers, community builders, veterans, teachers, caregivers, homeless people, incarcerated people, artists, and musicians.