“Max Kennedy is a musical sorcerer, able to conjure up serene landscapes and scenes of beguiling discordance with his subtle arrangements and delicate, plaintive voice. Carving out a space between folk, jazz, and the avant-garde, his music will seduce you with its homespun, heartfelt glow and blow you away with startling shifts in melody and vocal harmony.”
Max Kennedy is a composer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. With influences ranging from jazz, classical music, Brazilian styles, rock and folk, Max has built a unique musical voice that transcends genre; his songwriting and composition combine a melodic lyricism that draws the listener in with a harmonic complexity that brings the listener on a journey through an ever-shifting emotional landscape.
Max began composing in his teens, while studying jazz guitar with the legendary educator Gustavo Assis Brasil. Over the years he has studied with other luminaries of jazz, composition and guitar music, including Guinga, Chris Weisman and Francisco Pais. As a solo artist and as a member of the duo Big Fuzzy, he has recorded four albums and has toured extensively throughout the northeastern, southern and midwestern US. In addition to his songwriting work, Max has scored and performed in a number of theater productions, with companies including The Huntington Theater, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Artists’ Theater of Boston and Papel Machete. He composed the music for the play Ordinary Mind Ordinary Day, written by Adrianne Krstansky and Abigail Killeen.
In addition to his work as a musician, Max holds an undergraduate degree in Linguistics and a masters’ degree in Mathematics Education. He has worked as a translator/interpreter, a high school math teacher, and he currently teaches guitar lessons and tutors in math. This unconventional academic background in music, mathematics and language is not a coincidence - his work in music theory is deeply informed by his study of mathematics; his knowledge of acoustic phonetics deeply influences his work in music production. If you listen carefully, you might hear it all in his music.