Matt Catingub, Toto's new "resident Maestro," is no stranger to TOTO. In fact, as Matt puts it, he's been a fan since
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Matt: "I went to high school with the Porcaros brothers. I've known them since I was a kid.
I remember when the Porcaros and Paich were just a garage band. My brother was in that band!
In a sense, I saw the very first incarnation of Toto."
But the connection doesn't end there!
Matt: "My other was a jazz singer. While she was pregnant with me, she recorded a jazz album for Frank Sinatra's
Reprise Records. The orchestrator was none other than Marty Paich. I've always been a huge fan and admirer of Marty.
He was one of the best in the business."
Matt's meeting with Toto didn't happen by accident. In fact, Matt sought Toto out to play with them.
Matt: "Michael McDonald is a mutual friend of the band. We [the Honolulu Symphony Pops] performed a show with him,
and to me, Toto always seemed to be the perfect band to have a great symphony show.
They were always a very obvious choice. Because I've been a fan for so long, I really wanted to try it out."
Once the initial contacts were made, Matt began working hard on converting some of Toto's music to orchestra charts.
Matt wrote half of the charts by himself. David Paich and several other musicians composed the rest.
Matt's main chore is to rehearse with the orchestra. Many of Toto's songs are very difficult for orchestras,
and time-consuming practice is required:
Matt: "It's like trying to fuse two completely different worlds. The orchestra must learn to adapt to the band
and the band's timing, which is sometimes very difficult to perfect. In a sense, my job as a conductor is to glue
together the band and the orchestra's playing."
Matt's favorite Toto song is Waiting For Your Love. Because Matt has a jazz background, to him, this was the obvious choice.
When asked if Matt would like to do shows with Toto in the future, his answer was a resounding yes!!
Let's hope for many more in the future!
For more info on Matt Catingub, please visit www.mattcatingub.com