Matthew Kanon

Classical Guitar from Raleigh, NC - Will travel up to 100 miles
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252 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2005

$175 - $600 per event
About
Uncomplicated, unpretentious, under the radar. Your wedding or private party is about you and it's my job to make it as easy-going and hassle free as you'd like. Since moving to North Carolina in '04 I have played in 100's of weddings and private events as a solo guitarist and in various jazz and pop bands. If your function requires the subtle and beautiful sounds of a classical guitar, please contact me and we'll make that happen! Thanks for looking, Matthew

About Me: since studying with the lauded guitar department at Duquesne University as a teenager (their classical guitar teacher stopped me at the elevator on my way out of the audition and said I'd be studying with him and not a grad student) both in workshops and in individual lessons, I knew my true calling was guitar. I had since selected to study with Pablo Cohen, an Argentinian-borne guitarist and protege of Manuel Barrueco at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. While studying Music Therapy as my vocation, I made an effort to join every ensemble I could, playing saxophone (my first instrument), bass, guitar voice and even percussion. I couldn't get enough! And I still can't.

After college I embarked on a series of various jobs until finally settling in Raleigh, NC, all the while performing in pop and rock bands, musicals and solo events. It wasn't until I moved here that I discovered the joys of playing weddings. Bottom line, I love playing music and I love that my music has been a part of many a couples' special days. People have said I have reasonable rates compared to the rest of the market. Whether that is true or not, I'm not in it for the money. I'm here to share my joy of music at your wedding and leave a legacy of touching as many lives as possible in whatever way I can. Thanks for reading and I hope I can help make your day more special. Thanks, Matthew

About HB2 in North Carolina - I will play for anybody's wedding/ceremony/cocktail hour regardless of sex, gender, race, disability, etc. wait ... Kinda sounds like a Federal Law doesn't it?

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250+ GigMasters Bookings
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

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Matthew was the easiest vendor I booked on my wedding day. I literally sent him three emails after I booked him months in advance. The first email was to give him a song list for my ceremony, the second email was to ask how to deliver payment and the third email was to send a last-minute request for my ceremony. He accommodated all my requests, showed up on time and played beautifully. He even learned a new song for our ceremony exit and it was flawless. I would highly recommend Matthew if you want beautiful live music and stress-free planning.

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Matthew was wonderful; he has a great talent and a very outgoing personality (which makes life for a bride so much easier). He is very professional, and always responded to my emails with record timing. I felt confident in him and the service he was expected to provide on my wedding day; I would hire him a million times over again.

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I asked a musician family member living in another state to recommend a guitarist from Gigmasters for the wedding. He chose Matthew based on many factors, but mostly it was "if he can play that he has to be fantastic" referring to the music in Matt's repertoire. Then I was speaking to a recently married friend and she said, "get Matt Kanon" - this without knowing we had already contacted him. He was prompt, accomodating, and an excellent musician. The songs for the wedding were done beautifully. I was very pleased. So this I say to you if you are looking for a guitarist: Get Matt Kanon!

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Matthew was great. He showed up when he said he would, he read the situation of my laid-back party and provided talented ambient guitar that everyone enjoyed. He is definitely a professional. I would hire him again.

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A real testament to Matthew's overall presentation was the fact that every couple in the group asked for his card. He was exactly as promised. Nice doing business with you and him....

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Matt was there early for the performance and was set-up a full 30 minutes before the ceremony. Our guests were very impressed with the music prior to the ceremony and we were thrilled that he played exactly what we requested for our processional, bridal entry, and recessional. We would highly recommend Matt for any function to add that special touch. Thank you for making our day fantastic!!

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Matthew did a wonderful job by communicating with us, playing the selections we wanted, and sharing his wonderful talent with everyone there! He was also willing to come to the rehearsal and work with our soloist. Many thanks for making this once in a lifetime day a success!

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Matt was on time and is an extremely talented musician. Great job!

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Matt was great!!! Both my wife and I and extremely pleased with him. He actually set-up and began playing prior to me being able to get to him for his payment, which was very nice. Everyone complimented the music for the wedding as well. Very highly recommended. Andy Soto

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Matt did a great job. We called him 4 weeks before the wedding, asked him to play 5 new songs, and he accomodated every single one and played them perfectly. Great acoustic guitarist.

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2017
Sep
23
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Sep
16
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Sep
8
Wedding
Raleigh, NC
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2017
Jul
1
Wedding
Chapel Hill, NC
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
May
21
Wedding Reception
Raleigh, NC
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Apr
8
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Feb
17
Wedding Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2016
Dec
17
Graduation Party
Raleigh, NC
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Oct
21
Rehearsal Dinner
Wilson, NC
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Oct
15
Wedding Reception
Creedmoor, NC
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
Oct
1
Wedding Ceremony
Greensboro, NC
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Sep
24
Wedding Ceremony
Greensboro, NC
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Many Classical guitar selections
Sor, Giuliani, Bach, Carulli, Villa-Lobos
Canon in D
J. Pachelbel
Wedding March
F. Mendelsohn
Ave Maria
F. Schubert
Cello Suite No. 1
J. S. Bach
Sleeper's Awake
J.S. Bach
Trumpet Voluntary
J. Clarke
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
J. S. Bach
Jupiter (Chorale Theme)
G. Holst
Intermezzo from "Carmen"
G. Bizet
Air on a G String
J. S. Bach
Bridal Chorus ("Here Comes The Bride")
R. Wagner
Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles
Life In Technicolor
Coldplay
You've Got Friend
Carol King/James Taylor
I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Deathcab For Cutie
I won't give up
Jason Mraz
Lucky
Jason Mraz
Marry Me
Train
Falling Slowly
From the movie "Once"
I Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley
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Annie's Song
John Denver
Baby, Now That I've Found You
Foundations/Allison Krause
Bless The Broken Road
Rascall Flatts
Carolina On My Mind
James Taylor
Come Away With Me
Norah Jones
Grow Old With Me
J. Lennon/ M. C. Carpenter
I Do
Mark Wills/98 Degrees
In My Life
The Beatles
Love
J. Lennon
Just Like Heaven
The Cure
Love Me Tender
Elvis Presley
All of me
John Legend
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles
Summer Song
Chad and Jeremy
Danny Boy
Traditional
I Swear
John Michael Montgomery/All 4 One
Adagio ("Moonlight Sonata")
L. V. Beethoven
Alla Luce Del Dio
Mark Magnuson
Ode To Joy
Traditional/L. V. Beethoven
Arioso (Cantata 156)
J. S. Bach
Come Thou Fount
Traditional
It Had To Be You
F. Sinatra/H. Connick Jr.
La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf
Angel
Jack Johnson
The Wedding Song
Peter Yarrow
Holiday Music as well!
20+ Christmas Songs
Many Other Classical and Popular Selections
Your Choice!
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Acoustic Guitar
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Ambient Guitar
Classical Acoustic Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Please note Matthew Kanon will also travel to Garner, Cary, Knightdale, Apex, Morrisville, Durham, Rolesville, Wendell, Clayton, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Willow Spring, New Hill, Zebulon, Youngsville, Angier, Creedmoor, Chapel Hill, Franklinton, Middlesex, Northside, Smithfield, Butner, Coats, Selma, Carrboro, Benson, Moncure, Four Oaks.
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