After serving his LDS mission in China, Eric Chipman shipped a great big Chinese zither harp, or guzheng, home to Salt Lake City. He didn’t exactly know how to play it, but he ended up incorporating the guzheng into the folky bluegrass he writes. Chipman then rounded up some musician friends, got a hold of some more traditional Chinese instruments and formed the band Matteo. The band’s four members recently returned from a trip to China, where they learned to better play their instruments and the Chinese music that gives the band its unique sound. Matteo is playing in the RadioWest studio on Wednesday and they’ll chat with Doug about their sonic smelting of Eastern and Western music.
- Matteo is performing live on Tuesday 31 July at the Main Library in downtown Salt Lake City as part of the Music at the Main concert series. The gig begins at 7 p.m and it's free and open to the public . Visit the SLCPL's web site for more information.
- Visit Matteo's web site to listen to a track from the band's forthcoming sophomore album, featuring music recorded during their recent trip to China. While there, you can also see a trailer for a soon-to-be-released video about the band's travels across the pond.
- You can download Matteo's first album, The Morning Market, from the iTunes store.