Hear Matheson's arrangements and orchestrations on the début album, F Sharp, of extraordinary singer/songwriter, Mark Hole.
The track My Friend from the album, featuring brass band & fife arranged and performed by Matheson, was awarded Track of the Week by Mars Planets Radio.
Hiding in Public's new album, Worlds Away, Yards Apart, featuring orchestrations and performances by Matheson, is now available as a pre-release!
Check out Matheson's orchestrations and performances on the following tracks:
The tracks No-One To Save Me & She Was Mine both received awards from GarageBand:
— a collection of comic songs, novelty numbers, musical theatre ballads, written, produced and performed by Matheson, Indigo Ivories label, 2008.
Due for release in April July 2008, Matheson's latest album, The Spice of Life, can be pre-purchased from this order form, or you can subscribe to the newsletter if you'd rather receive an email upon its release with details as to how/where to buy.
Featuring four rearrangements of popular songs and ten eclectic original compositions by Matheson, the album vacillates between the satirical and the serious, the parody and the pioneering, with as many hilarious moments as there are melancholy.
A few tasters from the album:
"Somewhere Out There"
A prestissimo patter-song with a politico-geographical bent...
See www.the-countries-song.com for more information + to hear the mp3.
“...I'll search Belarus and Bahrain, Uganda and Spain
The Gambia, Zambia and The Ukraine
Trinidad & Tobago, The Congo and Togo and Tonga and Tajikistan...
Costa Rica, Barbados, Afghanistan, Egypt, Japan
Then in Cyprus, Benin, The Bahamas, Iran
Nicaragua, Monaco, Cuba, Nauru
Vanuatu, Lesotho, Peru:
I'll travel by boat or by bike or by train
Helicopter or hovercraft, parachute, plane
Because somewhere out there though I've no idea where
Is my dream come true...!”
"The Elements Song: Part II"
Another patter-song: an 'update' to Tom Lehrer's original The Elements, exploring the heavy nucleuses discovered since 1959 when Tom penned a mere(!) 102 to the tune of Gilbert & Sullivan's I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General.
Extra verses take us up to 116 elements, followed by an intrepid foray into the tongue-twisting world of subatomic particle nomenclature...
See www.the-elements-song.com for more information + to hear the mp3.
“Then came hahnium, dubbed 'dubnium', with dubious applications
— More protons in its nucleus than Cruella has Dalmatians!”
“But why reject cause and effect — the cosmic chain reaction;
The predetermined universe and physical attraction?
If up until they prove free will, you claim it's an illusion…
…We can all commit adultery and blame atomic fusion!”
Eclectic multi-lingual CD with a theatrical philosophy, 2004, starring Alex Panayi on lead vocals, featuring Greek pop legend Σοφία Βόσσου (Sofía Vóssou), lead singer of girl-band Hi-5 — Μαρλαίν Αγγελίδου (Marlen Angeledis), and the London Community Gospel Choir.
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Freshly interpreted cover versions of popular European songs from fourteen countries, presented in a panoply of genres varying from Swing & Bossa Nova, through Gospel and Ethnic Funk, to C&W & Baroque counterpoint.
Track 3 features the London Community Gospel Choir
Track 8 features the guest vocals of Sofia Vossou
Track 9 features the guest vocals of Marlen Angelidou
…very emotional piano opening;
elegant rich and romantic, delivered with full
poetry; bursts of astonishing piano excitement;
piano runs in and out of the vocal with outrageous
virtuosity … almost circus-like excitement […]
…skin-prickling, full-blooded emotional power:
drama, passion, throbs with sex.
Piano is histrionic, precise, passionate; exuberant
showmanship coupled with showbiz razzmatazz and
Chopin-esque precision. […]
Matheson Bayley is Liberace for the 21st Century. ”
Arranged, orchestrated & edited by Matheson. Produced by Matheson and Alex.
The songs are sung in the languages listed below — lead vocals, Alex Panayi — with Matheson singing as a duet with Alex on Tracks 2, 5, 7, 14 & 15. Matheson also sings backing vocals on tracks 5 & 12, and can be heard playing trombone on track5, double bass on track 10, guitar on track 2, and piano wherever it is heard.
|1||Nacida Para Amar||Spanish|
|2||Where Are You?||English, Dutch, Finnish, Turkish, Dalć & Greek|
|3||Fångad Av En Stormvind||Swedish|
|4||C'est Le Dernier Qui A Parlé||French|
|6||Lep Poletni Dan||Slovenian|
|9||Nómiza Pos Tha'Nai Fteroúgisma||Cypriot|
|14||ESC Kids||Irish, with original spoof lyric by Matheson (View lyric)|
|15||Ya Hatiri Sou||Greek language version of track 7|
To listen to excerpts from Native Hue, double-click the track title you want to listen to.
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Solo piano CD, 2003, with 16 tracks performed by Matheson, each in a very different style, including one piano/voice with Matheson singing in Latvian his rearrangement of Issavienojums as a ballad.
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…Fabulous, emotional, robust, pizazz,
over-the-top exuberance …
outrageous and unapologetic. ”
|1||Slovenia||Arpeggiated Virtuoso Transcription|
|2||Croatia||Jazz, Kossak Dance & Glissandomania|
|3||Ukraine||Stride Trad Jazz|
|5||Russian Federation||Rachmaninovian Disco|
|8||Spain||Oneiric & Dance Beat|
|12||Austria||Um-Cha, Maestoso & Waltz|
|14||United Kingdom||Beethovian, à la "Moonlight Sonata"|
|15||Norway||Dedicated to Nina Simone, in the style of her classic interpretation of "You'll Never Walk Alone"|
|14||"Issavienojums"||Latvian language Version of "My Star", Latvian Entry ESC 2000 — Piano & Vocals, Matheson Bayley|
— Matheson brings his distinctive dramatic orchestral playing to interpretations of 15 musical theatre and popular songs on solo piano. Due for release May August 2008, Indigo Ivories label.
|She's Like The Wind||Musical Theatre Rock-Tango||Patrick Swayze's song from Dirty Dancing||Arrangement, orchestrations, programming, musical direction, production|
|Come What May||Pop ballad||From the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge||Arrangement, orchestrations, various live instruments, programming, production|
|Make Your Darkness Light||Pop||Original composition by Nassos Sopilis||Co-lyricist with Stratos Sopilis|
|Moving Too Fast||Musical Theatre Jazz-Rock||From Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years||Piano, arrangement, production|
|If You Ask Me To Lie||Ethnic Musical Theatre Ballad||Original Composition by Matheson||Music, lyric, orchestrations, production, various solo instruments|
|Remember||Pop Ethnic Ballad||James Horner's song from the hit movie Troy||Arrangement, orchestrations, various live instruments, programming, production|
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