Warm friendship and a strong musical connection brought these four pronominal musicians together. The music they create gives an emotional and esthetic enjoyment to an audience of any kind – young indie kids, jazz and improvised music lovers, educated music knowers and people who like seeing 4 friends enjoying making music and interacting on stage. Their musical influences vary from 20th century classical music to Radiohead; swing, hard-bop to Meshuggah; traditional folk music from all continents to Björk and Sigur Rós. Based on jazz improvisation their music encompasses lots of elements from various music genres - folk music integrity, indie rock energy, and classical music harmony.
“When I'm playing with my quartet”, says Matiss, “I feel like a kid with many beautiful toys, sharing the moments of joy with my friends. I can do anything that comes in my mind and my band members will respect it all and make it sound beautiful. Playing with them makes me hear more things than I hear usually. It makes me be more creative, imaginative and spontaneous.”
It all started on 2010 when Matiss moved to The Netherlands to study at the Amsterdam Conservatory. There he formed Matiss Cudars Trio, which, soon after, won the Grand Prix at the Prinses Christina Concours 2010 and was prized for it's unique organic sound. For the diversity of sound and musical possibilities the saxophone was added soon after and the Matiss Cudars Quartet started performing around Europe.
Musicians and listeners characterize their music as an emotionally touching, interactive, sometimes explosive, yet lyrical melodic contemporary jazz.
The band members are:
Toms Rudzinskis - alto saxophone (Latvia)
Matiss Cudars – guitar (Latvia)
Lennart Heyndels - double bass (Belgium)
Niels Engel – drums (Luxembourg)