Or Matias has worked with Josh Groban, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Ingrid Michaelson and countless others as a pianist, keyboard player, and arranger, in addition to conducting Broadway shows. Classical training from Juilliard and 20 years of touring with pop, jazz, blues, and rock artists.
With over 30 years of experience at the piano, Or Matias has worked with the leading artists around the world in virtually every western musical genre. Combining his classical chops (Juilliard degree in piano performance) and his over 20 years of experience working with jazz, pop, blues, and rock artists, Or can create the perfect keyboard track for virtually any song.
Stationed in New York, Or has conducted Broadway shows (Obie Award winner) as well as led sessions with artists such as Josh Groban, Ingrid Michaelson, and countless others. He has contributed to dozens of albums as both session player and arranger. If you are looking for layering keyboards, synths, organ, piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, you name it- it's yours.
Or is a proud Yamaha Artist.
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Great job! beautiful piano, very tasteful.
For sure we will book Or again
I've worked with Or in several capacities. He's a brilliant pianist, shreds on the rhodes and organ, brings a great deal of optimism and tranquility into any project, and is a masterful communicator. This guy can do anything!
The absolute best! 🎹 🎶 Get this guy on your project right now, you won’t regret it. So easy to work with, can tackle any genre, and knows how to craft perfect parts to compliment any tune.
Played music with Or for many years as well as witnessed his amazing work as a music director on Broadway shows. He’s well versed in every style, passionate about music, and will elevate your sound.
Interview with Or Matias
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I co-produced and music directed an A Cappella project in NYC called Octet; the album was released by Nonesuch Records.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A children's album, scoring an animated series, tracking 5 different albums from home with various artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ziv Shalev - ridiculously amazing guitar player.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll bring what I can to the table, but this is *your* baby, and you'll be involved along every step of the way!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with other artists!!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What inspired you to write this song? Which artists do you listen to regularly? What has been missing from your keyboard tracks in the past?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you like the musicians actual work, not just their credentials!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If logistics weren't a factor?? A C7 Yamaha grand piano, a couple of U87 mics and one U67, a XC61 keyboard, and my Taylor 814.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing piano at 2 years old. Since then - I've gone to Juilliard for classical music, toured with rock artists around the world, conducted Broadway shows, cut albums with dozens of artists, and I love what I do!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A mix of groove-based roots and rich harmonies.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer; the guy is a monster guitar player and songwriter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't oversaturate your tracks. Figure out what the song actually is asking for.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: So many kinds! I've cut albums with pop artists, as well as blues, jazz, rock, country, hip-hop, you name it!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm great at finding a combination between keys playing that sounds ambitious, but always extremely tasteful and warranted by the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Being versed in so many different styles of music, I try to approach every song with a clean slate of what kind of sound it needs. Often my favorite tracks incorporate cross-blending of incredible genres!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive a track, and live with it in my ears for a few hours. I don't start playing along until I've heard it at least 5 times, and start getting a sense of what it is *asking* for. Then I get down to business!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: As a Yamaha Artist, I have top of the line gear all the way from world-class keyboards to studio monitors, VSTs, etc!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a pianist and keyboard player. I breathe anything from acoustic piano, wurlitzer, rhodes, B3, clav. In addition, I'm, also a songwriter and producer.