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The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawai‘i

Matt Catingub is a musician of many talents: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, director, composer and arranger. Now, he’s bringing all of those talents to take the helm of the Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii.

Born to parents of Polynesian island descent, he is the son of great jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers. Born in Samoa, and affectionately known as "Polynesia's First Lady Of Song," Rivers performed regularly with her son at her side, until the day of her passing in 1992. Matt was introduced to music through his mother's albums, and her Hawaiian and South Pacific influence, culturally and musically, will always be strong.

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Matt Catingub is a musician of many talents: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, director, composer and arranger. Now, he’s bringing all of those talents to take the helm of the Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii.

Born to parents of Polynesian island descent, he is the son of great jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers. Born in Samoa, and affectionately known as "Polynesia's First Lady Of Song," Rivers performed regularly with her son at her side, until the day of her passing in 1992. Matt was introduced to music through his mother's albums, and her Hawaiian and South Pacific influence, culturally and musically, will always be strong.

Matt has been the full-time conductor for the Honolulu Symphony Pops since 1998. Matt conducts, performs and does 90% of the arrangements and orchestrations played by the orchestra. Unique to the Honolulu Pops is his ability to completely arrange and orchestrate all of the music for artists who do not have an existing orchestra "book". This allows him to bring in world-class artists singers and musicians to take advantage of the one-of-a-kind opportunity to sing supported by a live orchestra. Rosemary Clooney performed the last concert of her career with the Honolulu Symphony Pops. This concert was recorded in 2002 in a tribute to the artist, and marked the first CD recorded by the Symphony Pops.

Largely self-taught, Matt began learning the piano at age seven before switching his concentration to the alto saxophone at 16. A year later, he was asked to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival. At 18, Matt became the youngest member of the Louie Bellson Big Band, where he debuted his arranging career with his composition Explosion!, which made it onto the band’s next CD. In 1983, age 21, Matt formed the Matt Catingub Big Band, securing the services of his mom as featured vocalist on the first album, “My Mommy and Me.” The album brought Matt and the band world popularity, culminating with a Royal Variety Performance for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in New Zealand.

Matt’s sophomore album, Hi-Tech Big Band, released in 1984, was a technological achievement: he recreated the sound of a big band by playing every instrument himself on different tracks.

In the following years, education became an important part of Matt’s musical career. He led the jazz ensembles program at the Grove School of Music in LA and became the director of the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra, and a clinician for Yamaha, regularly giving concerts and clinics.

In 1999 Matt introduced his new band Big Kahuna And The Copa Cat Pack. Matt fronted the 12-piece band singing and playing, combining elements of Big Band and Hawaiian "Hapa-Haole" music into a unique package. The band released three albums, the last of which, called Sentimental Journey, and featuring Rosemary Clooney, was released in 2001 and received a Grammy nomination in 2002.
Matt crossed over into the film business when his music was heard in the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind. Most recently, Matt wrote the music for George Clooney’s Goodnight and Good Luck.  The movie features Matt's arrangements and tenor sax, as well as on-screen appearance as the leader of the band.  The soundtrack went on to win a Grammy in 2005.

 

ALLEN J. SVIRIDOFF

Allen J. Sviridoff has been producing live concerts and album recordings for 33 years. His success as a producer coupled with his marketing ingenuity has earned him recognition and praise throughout the entertainment industry. Among his achievements are sold out shows worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium, and the Hollywood Bowl; 25 albums produced; a Grammy win for the soundtrack of George Clooney’s Good Night and Good Luck; and 11 Grammy nominations.

In addition to further developing the musical career of his partner Matt Catingub with his overarching involvement with the MCOoH, Sviridoff is currently forming a new music company with George Clooney’s father, Nick, and producing a new album for Linda Ronstadt.

Sviridoff is credited with reviving Rosemary Clooney’s career, acting as the singer’s manager and producer for the last 23 years of her life. He also created and marketed New York City nightclub Feistein’s at the Regency, located at the Loew’s Regency Hotel. Sviridoff was responsible for booking all the performers here for its first six years, during which time the club established itself as a can’t-miss attraction for jazz fans in NYC.

Sviridoff’s other producing accomplishments include: MGM Musicals at Carnegie Hall; Ginger Rogers’s triumphant two-week return at the London Palladium; the Singer’s Salute to the Songwriter at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in LA; over 15 shows for luxury cruise lines; and corporate events for the Harrah’s Corporation, International Management Group, and the Pilot Pen Corporation.

Numerous celebrities have taken the opportunity to work with Sviridoff, including: Bob Hope; Ella Fitzgerald; Ray Charles; Barry Manilow; Carol Burnett; George Clooney; James Ingram; Diana Krall; Michael Buble; Patti Austin; Melissa Manchester; Linda Ronstadt; Martin Short; Vic Damone; Petula Clark; Michel LeGrand; Diahann Carroll; Michael McDonald; Joe Williams; Henry Mancini; Lily Tomlin; Natalie Cole; Michael Crawford; Al Jarreau; Peggy Lee; Little Richard; Leslie Uggams; The Four Tops; Bernadette Peters; Tony Bennett; Neil Diamond; Burt Bacharach; Stevie Wonder; Liza Minnelli; Dionne Warwick; Johnny Cash; Vince Gill; Trisha Yearwood; and dozens of others.

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