Conal Fowkes (Matt Munisteri Band),

piano

Conal is a GRAMMY Award winning pianist, double-bassist, singer, arranger and teacher. Born in Zambia, he spent his early childhood in Mexico, and moved to England in 1971. He studied at Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon and privately Chucho Valdes. In 1988 was awarded College Student AllMusician of the presented by HRH Princess Margaret. In London, Conal performed with Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Nigel Kennedy, Stacey Kent, John R.T. Davies, George Chisholm, Roberto Pla, Patato Valdes, Alfredo Rodriguez, Adalberto Santiago, Steve Turre, Henry Fiol, and Jesus Alemani.

In 1996 Conal moved to New York where he has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Bob Wilber, Ray Santos Big Band, Bucky Pizzarelli, Johnny Pacheco, Paquito D'Rivera, Marion McPartland, Romero Lubambo, Boston Pops, Houston Person, Chocolate Armenteros, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Cheo Feliciano, The Night Hawks Orchestra and Bette Middler.

Conal can be heard and/or seen in the films Lipstick On Your Collar, Madame Suzatska, Ghost World, Finding Forrester, The Aviator, Proud, The Loss of a Tear Drop Diamond, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine, Magic In The Moonlight and Café Society and on DVDs Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, Live at the Campidoglio and Eddy Davis and Conal Fowkes Live in Barcelona.  He was featured in the Broadway show, One Mo' Time, and in the PBS documentary Sound Revolution.

Conal plays in ensembles including the Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band, a duo with the banjoist/singer Eddy Davis, the award-winning Cuban group Los Soneros de Oriente, The Yerba Buena Stompers, Charanga Orquesta Yerason, Orquesta Tipica Novel. He tours regularly with GRAMMY-nominated Latin group The New Swing Sextet.