Matthew Reid is a critically acclaimed, award winning composer/sound designer/musical director/lyricist/soundtrack improviser and one-man-band for live and recorded media.
He is best known as the former music director and composer at the world famous comedy theatre, The Second City where he created and performed the scores and sound designs for 19 accolade winning revues.
His musical, The Second City Guide to the Symphony, originally created for the Toronto Symphony plays to packed concert halls across North America performed by some of the hemisphere’s top orchestras.
His recent collaboration with Tim Burton’s producer, Derek Frey on the short film, Green Lake led to dozens of film festivals and numerous awards.
In the world of improv comedy, Matthew has created on the spot scores for the stars of SNL, Whose Line and SCTV.
He continues to create music for theatre and television productions, films, games, web series, exhibits and special events.
And he continues to perform live scores for sketch, improv and corporate entertainment.
His education as a classically trained composer and at two decades at the Second City where he had to be prepared to perform in any style any scene required have given him the ability to compose in a remarkably diverse range of styles both historically and geographically.
“Matthew Reid’s terrific original score is more than I could have ever hoped for.” – Derek Frey, head of Tim Burton Productions, director of Green Lake
“A truly delectable score“- Richard Ouzounian, TORONTO STAR
“Matthew Reid is the master of music”- Paula Citron, CLASSICAL 96.3 FM
“Nicely fitting musical accompaniment“- Brad Wheeler, GLOBE AND MAIL
“a night audiences won’t soon forget.” – Julia Hurley, DC METRO ARTS
“an incredible evening of music” – TORONTO LIFE
“Matthew Reid adds texture and oomph to scenes with some well-placed notes”- Glenn Sumi, NOW
“Brilliant music score.” – Diana Ringo, INDIE CINEMA
“Matt Reid’s improvised musical background never misses the mark”- John Terauds, TORONTO STAR
“Innovation and subversion” – Steve Layton, SEQUENZA 21
“Strikingly original” – Tavish McGregor, MOONEY ON THEATRE
“Killer theme song” – Alex Santa Maria, TECHRAPTOR
“… if you are film producer and/or you are looking for some background music for one of Shakespeare’s plays or something similar, well look no further.” – Peter Massey, GREEN MAN REVIEW
“The sardonic circus orchestra, Matthew Reid who is a master of sarcastic sound effects and raised eyebrows, interacts and interjects to great comic effect.” – Drew Rowsome, MY GAY TORONTO
“Matthew Reid’s original score adds substance to the opening narration, transforming the narrator’s words into folklore. The music drifts and bounces throughout the film, moving seamlessly connecting scenes. Reid’s score combined with the skillful use of foley sound adds a sense of anticipation, and outright panic, perfectly timed.” – Helen Wheels, CULT CRITIC
photo credit, Malcolm Cook, Roy Thompson Hall