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New song "Aria" with ESCP 



Two of my favorite people on the planet, whom also happen to be incredibly talented, have a Chicago-based band together called ESCP.  We wrote a song together that means a lot to us called "Aria".  I hope you'll take a few moments to have a listen to this tune and support ESCP.  Much love all around.



Photo by @flynnworks


MONAKR tour w/ MEW wrapped up; Upcoming Midwest Dates 

After a month on the road opening up for Mew, it's safe to say that MONAKR is tighter than ever.  Back in Chicago, we are preparing for a short, Midwest run opening up for Dessa, while backing her up as her band during her set.  See upcoming dates in "shows" section :)

Photo: @entranced_media


Chicago!!! Playing at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park 6/22 FREE 

After 16 wonderful, fulfilling years living in the city of Chicago, I find myself called to move Westward to try my luck in the city of angels. I love you Chicago, always will, you've been very good to me as an artist/human.  New chapter ahead, nothing but love and appreciation in it's wake.  

Join me and the band at Pritzker Pavilion for our final Chicago show while I can still claim residency here.  It's a free show, June 22nd, 6:30pm sharp.  I'm grateful for such an amazing way to bid farewell to a city that has given so much to me.  

Hope to see you there Chicago!!

Photo: @zach_rees

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Live EP from The Lyric Theatre

Matthew Santos

Yours free when you sign up for email list! A live, acoustic EP from a June 2014 performance, courtesy of the fine folks at The Lyric Theatre in LA--showcasing some new songs and old in a stripped down, intimate setting.

Recorded and mixed by André Paxton. Photo by Micheal Mabborang. Featuring violin from Chihsuan Yang.

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Previous events


Matthew Santos solo (private)


Matthew Santos solo (private)



Matthew Santos solo in NYC--Communion Residency

Rockwood Music Hall, NYC

NYC!!!!! Excited to be coming back to you. 10:30pm @ Rockwood Music Hall


MONAKR (Private)

Newseum , DC


MONAKR @ Sofar Sounds Chicago

MONAKR to perform a stripped down set for the Sofar network of music lovers.


Matthew Santos sits in w/ Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues CD Release party

Evanston Space, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston

It's been an absolute pleasure getting to know and work with Corky and the whole gang for years now, and I'm really looking forward to this show--finally celebrating the release of their new album!!!

Corky wrote some really refreshing and lovely arrangements for a couple of my tunes, and his group of world class musicians truly bring them to life with heart and grace. Honored to be featured on the album.

Come to this show.