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Matt Sellick is a flamenco guitarist, composer, and recording artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He takes a unique approach to traditional flamenco and instrumental music. He has studied flamenco in Spain with some of the world’s greatest flamenco guitarists, in particular Oscar Herrero. Matt has performed as a featured soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Consortium Aurora Borealis, played in the band of Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook, and accompanied performances of the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company in Toronto. He can often be found performing with Toronto-based singer and dancer Tamar Ilana, and he has also performed in the Montreal Flamenco Festival. With the help of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, Matt has produced three solo records (North Shore, Nocturne, and After Rain) and has written a suite of orchestral arrangements for his own guitar pieces. His newly released album, North Shore, was composed along the shoreline of Lake Superior.

Reviews for Nocturne

“Canadá es ahora el país del que nos traemos un nuevo virtuoso del toque flamenco … además de aficionado al flamenco, con este que hace su segundo disco, “Nocturne”, se nos presenta como un profundo conocedor de nuestra guitarra.” read the full review

“He obviously has a great feel for flamenco, an outstanding technique – clean, accurate and clearly defined – and plays with a warm rich sound and a lovely range of tone colour and shading. The recording quality and ambience are perfect. Sellick is clearly a huge talent; this is a terrific CD, and it will be very interesting to see what he does next.”

– Terry Robbins in The WholeNote, Vol. 21 No. 9: read the full review

“… a vibrant and exciting collection of 11 luxuriant tracks on his sophomore album Nocturne. The album is beautifully and bountifully laced with the influences of Spain … passionate and hypnotic, a testimony to Sellick’s stylish ingenuity.”

– Kyle Poluyko in The Walleye, Vol. 7 No. 4: read the full review

Reviews for After Rain

“What’s impressive about the album is Sellick’s wide range of compositional skills, from fast, rhythmic dance tunes to melodic songs that evoke the moodiness of the rain or the energy of a sunny day. His tribute song to Paco de Lucía (for Paco) is a heart-felt piece of introspective playing with a strong echo of Paco himself.”

– Gene Wilburn in Penguin Eggs, Issue 66

“Sellick is clearly a very talented and creative young musician.”

– Terry Robbins in The WholeNote, Vol. 20 No. 5: read the full review