Szemela lives in Brooklyn and performs regularly with a DJ in a hip-hop group, which he says is just one of several chamber-music groups he enjoys performing with. He has also performed with famous interpretive tap dancer Savion Glover. Szemela calls what he does "fusion" and compares the blending of genres to a person who speaks several languages.
"I speak classical, but I can also speak jazz. I can speak rock. I can even speak hip-hop," he says. "At the end of the day, I want to be a musician. Not a classical musician, not a jazz musician. Just a musician."
Emily Parkhurst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | "Heroes and the American Dream" | October 6 @ 7:30 pm | Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland | 207.842.0800 |portlandsymphony.com
PORTLAND STRING QUARTET | with Matthew Szemela | October 4 @ 2 pm | Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St, Portland | $20, 21 and under free | 207.761.1522
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