• What Makes an Artist?

    Chatting with Matthew Rotker-Lynn

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    At 22, guitarist Matthew Rotker-Lynn, from Milwaukee, WI, is a rising star on the New York jazz scene. He started playing guitar at the age of 8, inspired by his father’s taste in music and the many recordings he was hearing around the house. As a high school student, he was a member of the Downbeat award winning Jazz Lab combo and was introduced to more challenging material in his studies with UW-Milwaukee professor Don Linke. A multi-instrumentalist, Matthew was the winner of the prestigious Wilson Center International Guitar Competition in 2015, recipient of the Jah Jerry Scholarship, the Chuck Hedges Scholarship, and the Bob Kames Scholarship for Music. He has already played with greats such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steve Wilson, Mike LeDonne, Rich Perry, Joe Farnsworth, Rodney Green, Ray Gallon, and Joe Sanders.

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