Saxophonist/Composer Matthew Silberman to Perform with a New Group, Water Wins, at Em Lee Concert Hall on February 1

Saxophonist/composer Matthew Silberman will perform with Water Wins, his newly formed group Friday, February 1 at Em Lee Concert Hall at 7:00pm. Silberman's latest group features pianist Carlos Homs, electric bassist Simon Jermyn, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

Silberman was raised around music. His mother was an opera singer, while his father was a huge music fan who constantly played classic Motown around the house. After graduating from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Silberman took a year off to spend time with his family and to further hone his craft, but New York was always the goal. By the time he left L.A., he'd taken on two regular weekly gigs, frequented jam sessions regularly, and shared the stage with the great drummer Billy Higgins, as well as Nancy Wilson, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and Patrice Rushen.

Since arriving in New York, Silberman has played along a host of greats, including Roy Hargrove, as well as peers like Becca Stevens, Logan Richardson, Tyshawn Sorey, Nir Felder and Alan Hampton. While studying at the New School, he played in a live hip-hop band, and later played in rock bands (including one he describes as "Irish punk mixed with '80s synth-pop"), and a country-rock outfit, absorbing as many influences as he could.

Now, shortly after releasing Questionable Creatures (September 11 on DeSoto Sound Factory), Silberman has formed Water Wins, a new quartet based on the Bruce Lee philosophy/axiom, "be like water." All the music was written to encourage flow and flexibility when performing the compositions, but like water, that will take on many forms. "The idea for the group was inspired by an evening spent traversing the hills of the Greenwood Cemetary," explains Silberman. "I've been wanting to do a project that's a little looser and more flexible for a while, so this effort will reflect that."

Matthew Silberman's Water Wins
Featuring Carlos Homs, Simon Jermyn, and Tyshawn Sorey

Friday, February 1 at Em Lee Concert Hall - 7:00PM
Turtle Bay Music School · 244 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022
212-753-8811 ·

Matthew Silberman, tenor saxophone
Carlos Homs, piano
Simon Jermyn, electric bass/fx
Tyshawn Sorey, drums

Also check out Matthew's debut album "Questionable Creatures,"
available on DeSoto Sound Factory (

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