MATTHEW SKOLLER is one of Chicago’s most respected harp blowers and blues bandleaders. For the past 27 years he has played all of Chicago’s heaviest showcase venues and toured much of the world with his super tight ensembles. Deeply rooted in the tradition of the Chicago blues elders with whom he worked and studied, Skoller has developed a unique style that conjures the past while being firmly planted in the present. His blues wardrobe clothes a range of original songs whose subject matter comments on many of the issues and realities of life during this age of technology, information and upheaval. Skoller, known for his fiery and engaging performances, combines passionate harp playing and singing with original song writing and prodigious production skills. He has self produced 4 of his own critically acclaimed cds. As a producer he has produced 2 award winning cds by Lurrie Bell: Let’s Talk About Love and The Devil Ain’t Got No Music. Skoller penned the title cut of the latter which was nominated for song of the year by the Blues Awards in the US. The same album was awarded the Prix Blues by L’Academie du Jazz in Paris, France in 2012. Matthew has played harmonica on two Grammy nominated cd’s in the last 4 years: Chicago Blues: A Living History and Still I Rise, by Heritage Blues Orchestra.