Matt Cooker

Matt Cooker The Alternative Cellist. Creating Experiences, Capturing Memorable Moments with Every Performance. Cellist from Indie Rock, Classical to Brazilian Music.

Born and raised in Midland MI. Bachelor's and Master's degrees (in music performance) from University of Michigan. Played in local orchestras (Flint, Saginaw etc.). In 1976 went to Milano (Italy) to play in the Orchestra della Scala. After getting Master's degree, worked in Sacramento Symphony (1982, asst. principal) and then moved to Los Angeles. Worked on 550 film scores, including many solos (screen credit for "Freaky Friday" in 2003, no credit for "Strange Days", "Body of Evidence", and others.) Hollywood Bowl orchestra member for 18 years through 2014. Played live shows with Barbra Streisand, Earth Wind&Fire, Beck, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, The Scorpions and many others. Live band performances recently with Heartbeat Brazil, The Orphics, the Orchestra Surreal, and "Portugal. The Man" (at Red Rocks, 7/20/2016). mc played with this band a lot in 2013, including the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Conan O'Brien show, a sold-out night at the Avalon, Coachella and KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. Matt is principal cellist of "Symphony in the Glen", Arthur B. Rubinstein's fabulous outdoor orchestra. (Be sure to check out "Eeek at the Greek" for a taste.) MC has taught cello at the UM Flint extension, ISOMATA, and the Henry Mancini Institute. He subbed for Erika Duke at CalArts in 2014. His private teaching is limited.

Born and raised in Midland MI. Bachelor's and Master's degrees (in music performance) from University of Michigan. Played in local orchestras (Flint, Saginaw etc.). In 1976 went to Milano (Italy) to play in the Orchestra della Scala. After getting Master's degree, worked in Sacramento Symphony (1982, asst. principal) and then moved to Los Angeles. Worked on 550 film scores, including many solos (screen credit for "Freaky Friday" in 2003, no credit for "Strange Days", "Body of Evidence", and others.) Hollywood Bowl orchestra member for 18 years through 2014. Played live shows with Barbra Streisand, Earth Wind&Fire, Beck, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, The Scorpions and many others. Live band performances recently with Heartbeat Brazil, The Orphics, the Orchestra Surreal, and "Portugal. The Man" (at Red Rocks, 7/20/2016). mc played with this band a lot in 2013, including the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Conan O'Brien show, a sold-out night at the Avalon, Coachella and KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. Matt is principal cellist of "Symphony in the Glen", Arthur B. Rubinstein's fabulous outdoor orchestra. (Be sure to check out "Eeek at the Greek" for a taste.) MC has taught cello at the UM Flint extension, ISOMATA, and the Henry Mancini Institute. He subbed for Erika Duke at CalArts in 2014. His private teaching is limited.

"You can only trust yourself and the first twelve Portugal. The Man albums" - So True!
06/22/2017

"You can only trust yourself and the first twelve Portugal. The Man albums" - So True!

This is what an all access pass is supposed to look like Portugal. The Man Local Natives #WoodstockTour
06/21/2017

This is what an all access pass is supposed to look like Portugal. The Man Local Natives #WoodstockTour

The Calm Before The Storm = Magic! Playing with Portugal. The Man Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre #Colorado #Woodstock C...
06/19/2017

The Calm Before The Storm = Magic! Playing with Portugal. The Man Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre #Colorado #Woodstock Concert Tour 2017 Local Natives with Special Guest Car Seat Headrest AEG Presents #RockyMountains Gorgeous Night filled with Gorgeous People! #Magic

Portugal. The Man #WoodStock Concert Tour 2017 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre 🎼🎧🎤🎻 with The Great Eric Howk & Zach Caro...
06/19/2017

Portugal. The Man #WoodStock Concert Tour 2017 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre 🎼🎧🎤🎻 with The Great Eric Howk & Zach Carothers #PortugalTheLordes

The great Eric Howk! Rehearsal The calm before the storm! 😏 Portugal. The Man #Woodstock Concert Tour Red Rocks Park and...
06/19/2017

The great Eric Howk! Rehearsal The calm before the storm! 😏 Portugal. The Man #Woodstock Concert Tour Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre #Colorado 🎸🎻🥁🎤🎼

Feeling Excited At Rehearsal With  John G. (AKA) John Baldwin Gourley We're All Getting Ready For Tonight's Concert! Por...
06/18/2017

Feeling Excited At Rehearsal With John G. (AKA) John Baldwin Gourley We're All Getting Ready For Tonight's Concert! Portugal. The Man #WoodstockConcertTour At #RedRocksAmphitheater #Colorado Can't wait to see everyone under the ⭐️⭐️⭐️ tonight!

Portugal. The Man Woodstock Concert Tour — Excited to be back playing with such an incredible, innovative band, and tale...
06/16/2017

Portugal. The Man Woodstock Concert Tour — Excited to be back playing with such an incredible, innovative band, and talented group of guys! #WoodstockConcertTour #LetsDoThis

Friends. We know, we get it, 4 years and 10 days have gone by since we put a record out. 35280 hours. A. F**king. Eternity. We've been growing, getting stronger, claws sharper. We wanted to give you our best. So here it is- WOODSTOCK, our ten finest. From us to you. THANK YOU for riding along with us. We're all in this together.
http://found.ee/woodstock

Love, PTM

Portugal. The Man — Woodstock Live Concert Tour Dates "Feel It Still"
06/15/2017

Portugal. The Man — Woodstock
Live Concert Tour Dates "Feel It Still"

06/15/2017
Portugal. The Man

Live In Concert — Playing Amazing Shows with— Portugal.The Man Playing Global Smash Hit "Feel It Still" Check Event Dates @Matt Cooker Page.
Portugal. The Man

The long awaited Global Smash Hit, “Feel It Still” is out now! Download/Stream here: https://Atlantic.lnk.to/fitptmSp

Matt Cooker's cover photo
06/15/2017

Matt Cooker's cover photo

06/15/2017

TOURING WITH THE AMAZING
PORTUGAL. THE MAN - WOODSTOCK TOUR 2017
FEATURING THE GLOBAL SMASH HIT
“FEEL IT STILL RELEASE”
AVAILABLE JUNE 16TH

THE ORPHICS
04/09/2017

THE ORPHICS

Matthew Cooker - The Orphic Cellist aka Ghost

Matt Cooker's cover photo
09/30/2016

Matt Cooker's cover photo

The Infamous Gordon Waller #Beatles and Matt Cooker leaving NAMM Show 2005 @The NAMM Show #MattCookerCellist  #TheNAMMSh...
09/29/2016

The Infamous Gordon Waller #Beatles and Matt Cooker leaving NAMM Show 2005 @The NAMM Show #MattCookerCellist #TheNAMMShow2015

Playing with these guys is always an ecstatic experience.....as John Gourley sings, "All I want to do is, live in ecstas...
09/23/2016

Playing with these guys is always an ecstatic experience.....as John Gourley sings, "All I want to do is, live in ecstasy - I know what's best for me!!" #PortugalTheMan #Troubadour on 10/27/16

My brilliant violin colleague @LeahZeger, shredding it on the #Violin  Lots of love for my #StringFamily
09/23/2016

My brilliant violin colleague @LeahZeger, shredding it on the #Violin Lots of love for my #StringFamily

HeartBeat Brazil in Concert This Saturday ! #LiveMusic #BrazilianVibes #MattCookerCellist @Stephan Oberhoff @Simon Carro...
09/01/2016

HeartBeat Brazil in Concert This Saturday ! #LiveMusic #BrazilianVibes #MattCookerCellist @Stephan Oberhoff @Simon Carroll @Kyle Robert

Can't wait to play the Brazilian Vibe again...
Since we had to cancel last week's show due to a family emergency in our band, please enjoy a new video of the show at Laguna Festival Of The Arts.

https://youtu.be/gfVYUlBCEbM

Playing Ivan Lins' flagship composition "Comecar De Novo" featuring Master Cellist Matt Cooker as well as Simon Carroll on drums and percussion and Robert Kyle on sax, flute and percussion.

Enjoy !

Yeah back to the time playing live with #PortugalTheMan #CoachellaFestival2013 @Coachella Music and Arts Festival
08/26/2016

Yeah back to the time playing live with #PortugalTheMan #CoachellaFestival2013 @Coachella Music and Arts Festival

08/11/2016
Portugal. The Man

Loved Performing with Portugal. The Man! Excellent Band and Fantastic Performance #MattCookerCellist #PortugalTheMan #RedRocks

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Matt Cooker's cover photo
08/10/2016

Matt Cooker's cover photo

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