Matthew Kanon

Classical Guitar from Raleigh, NC - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$175 - $600 per event
Uncomplicated, unpretentious, under the radar. Your wedding or private party is about you and it's my job to make it as easy-going and hassle free as you'd like. Since moving to North Carolina in '04 I have played in 100's of weddings and private events as a solo guitarist and in various jazz and pop bands. If your function requires the subtle and beautiful sounds of a classical guitar, please contact me and we'll make that happen! Thanks for looking, Matthew

About Me: since studying with the lauded guitar department at Duquesne University as a teenager (their classical guitar teacher stopped me at the elevator on my way out of the audition and said I'd be studying with him and not a grad student) both in workshops and in individual lessons, I knew my true calling was guitar. I had since selected to study with Pablo Cohen, an Argentinian-borne guitarist and protege of Manuel Barrueco at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. While studying Music Therapy as my vocation, I made an effort to join every ensemble I could, playing saxophone (my first instrument), bass, guitar voice and even percussion. I couldn't get enough! And I still can't.

After college I embarked on a series of various jobs until finally settling in Raleigh, NC, all the while performing in pop and rock bands, musicals and solo events. It wasn't until I moved here that I discovered the joys of playing weddings. Bottom line, I love playing music and I love that my music has been a part of many a couples' special days. People have said I have reasonable rates compared to the rest of the market. Whether that is true or not, I'm not in it for the money. I'm here to share my joy of music at your wedding and leave a legacy of touching as many lives as possible in whatever way I can. Thanks for reading and I hope I can help make your day more special. Thanks, Matthew

About HB2 in North Carolina - I will play for anybody's wedding/ceremony/cocktail hour regardless of sex, gender, race, disability, etc. wait ... Kinda sounds like a Federal Law doesn't it?

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Matthew was the easiest vendor I booked on my wedding day. I literally sent him three emails after I booked him months in advance. The first email was to give him a song list for my ceremony, the second email was to ask how to deliver payment and the third email was to send a last-minute request for my ceremony. He accommodated all my requests, showed up on time and played beautifully. He even learned a new song for our ceremony exit and it was flawless. I would highly recommend Matthew if you want beautiful live music and stress-free planning.

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Matthew was wonderful; he has a great talent and a very outgoing personality (which makes life for a bride so much easier). He is very professional, and always responded to my emails with record timing. I felt confident in him and the service he was expected to provide on my wedding day; I would hire him a million times over again.

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I asked a musician family member living in another state to recommend a guitarist from Gigmasters for the wedding. He chose Matthew based on many factors, but mostly it was "if he can play that he has to be fantastic" referring to the music in Matt's repertoire. Then I was speaking to a recently married friend and she said, "get Matt Kanon" - this without knowing we had already contacted him. He was prompt, accomodating, and an excellent musician. The songs for the wedding were done beautifully. I was very pleased. So this I say to you if you are looking for a guitarist: Get Matt Kanon!

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PAST EVENTS
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2016
Jun
11
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Jun
12
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Jun
18
Wedding Ceremony
Apex, NC
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Aug
6
Wedding
Pittsboro, NC
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2016
Sep
3
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2016
Sep
24
Wedding Ceremony
Greensboro, NC
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
May
22
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
May
21
Wedding
Tarboro, NC
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
May
14
Wedding
Durham, NC
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Apr
23
Wedding Ceremony
Chapel Hill, NC
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Apr
16
Wedding Ceremony
Wake Forest, NC
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2015
Nov
22
Wedding Ceremony
Pittsboro, NC
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Many Classical guitar selections
Sor, Giuliani, Bach, Carulli, Villa-Lobos
Canon in D
J. Pachelbel
Wedding March
F. Mendelsohn
Ave Maria
F. Schubert
Cello Suite No. 1
J. S. Bach
Sleeper's Awake
J.S. Bach
Trumpet Voluntary
J. Clarke
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
J. S. Bach
Jupiter (Chorale Theme)
G. Holst
Intermezzo from "Carmen"
G. Bizet
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Classical Guitar
Ambient Guitar
Classical Acoustic Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Please note Matthew Kanon will also travel to Garner, Cary, Knightdale, Apex, Morrisville, Durham, Rolesville, Wendell, Clayton, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Willow Spring, New Hill, Zebulon, Youngsville, Angier, Creedmoor, Chapel Hill, Franklinton, Middlesex, Northside, Smithfield, Butner, Coats, Selma, Carrboro, Benson, Moncure, Four Oaks.
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