Goes2Eleven is the weekly podcast about the world of the guitar, featuring interviews, music, reviews, and more. G2E covers every aspect of the guitar world, from buying your first guitar to a stylistic analysis of the music of Pat Metheny. New episodes air every Thursday at 7pm, EST.
G2E Host Matthew Cochran is a musician and a music writer. Cochran’s musical life has been devoted to embracing, then transcending musical traditions. Praised by Soundboard Magazine for his “commanding stage presence” and “intimate expression”, Cochran was trained in classical guitar performance at the Eastman School of Music and the Florida State College of Music. Early success with the critically acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet placed Cochran in prestigious international festivals and concert halls alongside luminaries of the guitar world such as Pepe Romero, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Kazuhito Yamashita. The group earned praise for their “perfect ensemble” (Reinischer Post, Germany), and “strong nuanced and textured performances” (Classical Guitar). But Cochran found that the rigidity of strictly classical performances limited the scope of his musical expression. Upon leaving Tantalus Quartet, Cochran embarked on a journey of musical self-discovery that explored the richness and diversity of the American Diaspora: jazz, bluegrass, Country Western, the great American songwriters from the Tin Pan Alley to Sondheim, and ultimately the plaintive traditional music of his native Appalachia. The result of this journey is a synthesis of styles artfully displayed on Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane, Cochran’s debut recording as a singer-songwriter-composer. Americana chart-topper Grant Peeples proclaimed “Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane is a Masterpiece” and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.”
In 2015, Cochran will unveil the Matthew Cochran Trio, a crossover project that incorporates elements of jazz, folk, and classical music and features percussionist Matthew Witten and jazz bassist Emiliano Lasansky. Cochran is currently working on his follow-up to Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane, an ambitious song cycle titled Push Rock Up Hill.