Sunday, May 24, 2015

An Eclectic BookHouse

The Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA presented The Matt Daniel Band on Friday May 15th as part of their BookHouse series. The band consisted of Matt Daniel on piano and vocals and Albert Daniel on drums. Together, the duo performed a number of compositions which ranged from the sounds of the Swing Era of Jazz, to the boogie-woogie rock and roll era, and to the musical genre known as “Art Rock.” Mr. Daniel also performed a number of his own compositions which proved to be equal (and in some cases surpassing) the qualities of the classics he performed.

The combination of gentle and uproarious qualities of the music Mr. Daniel presented was accented by the insights he shared prior to performing each piece. They added an understanding of the elements that went into the creation of the composition as well as the time it was written and into the mind of the composer. This served to enhance the evening as the ability to delve deeply into the intricacies of every measure played were amply provided for and partaken of. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening evening at the Library. You’ll find more photographs taken by Kathy Steiner during The May 15 2015 Concerts at Eastern Monroe Public Library - Matt Daniel's Performance at

Matt Daniel is a New York City based composer, songwriter, and performer who has been playing piano for more than 16 years. By composing and playing music in different genres, he transforms his ideas reflecting his philosophy that music is strictly about melody void of too many complexities. It is said Mr. Daniel's performances are the Ultimate Eclectic Experience and I couldn't agree more. You'll find out more about The Matt Daniel Band by exploring their Facebook Page at or their website at

The Eastern Monroe Public Library (aka The Hughes Library) Bookhouse Series takes place in the Edinger Community Room which is located on N. 9th Street (aka route 611) in Stroudsburg, PA. The Hughes Library is the main branch of the Monroe County, PA library system which includes their Pocono Township Branch in Tannersville, PA and their Smithfield’s Branch in Marshalls Creek, PA. The library offers access to numerous books, DVDs, Audio Recordings, and cultural programs free to the public. The library’s Bookhouse series is part of its cultural programming designed to provide a venue for literary and musical events which are outside of the commercial and literary mainstream. The next program in The Eastern Monroe Public Library 2015 Bookhouse Series will feature
Hiroya Tsukamoto on Friday June 26th beginning at 7:30pm with the doors opening at 7pm. Admission to the event is free, but donations would be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will also be available for a small charge. Please Contact Linnae Cintron at 570-421-0800 x 28 or explore The Eastern Monroe Public Library Facebook Page at or their Website at to learn more information about the library, their Bookhouse series, and all the institution has to offer the community.

Photography by Kathy Steiner.

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