pianist / composer / teaching artist
"Mathis Picard's fingers danced like Fred Astaire on the keys of the piano and it's worth taking seats to the side of the instrument for this sight alone"
-Niki Shakallis, Entertainment-Focus Online, April 2017
Since graduating Juilliard, multicultural artist Mathis Picard has used his French-Malagasy roots to bring his brand of dance music to the jazz scene. Growing up, Mathis lived in four different countries -the United States, Scotland, France, and boarding school in England - before putting down roots in New York City, where he can be found playing with his band, Mathis & Sound Orchestre.
At age three, Mathis began improvising his own melodies at the piano and hasn't looked back since, sharing the international stage with artists such as Patti Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jason Moran, Sonny Emory, Bria Skonberg, DJ Kindness, Yaron Herman. Mathis has even tried his hand as an actor, playing the music of Fats Waller in the new "This Joint is Jumpin'."
Mathis & Sound Orchestre is the latest testament from the Frenchman. A large ensemble devoted to playing dance music from all stages & ages, the group gets every audience to its feet. Recently seen at NuBlu and the West End Lounge in New York City, Mathis & Sound Orchestre can next be found at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and Birdland in May and June of 2018.