"Jillian Matundan Music has a husky voice that can be intimate, sensual or strong – with a percussive guitar sensibility that endangers folk audiences with imminent boogie."
— rob Hinkal, ilyAIMY
“Jillian Matundan, [is] a multi-instrumentalist with a talent and intuitive grasp of songwriting, with catchy riffs, cool poignant melodies and a presence that’s at once genuine, earnest and charming. Her songs are personal, yet universal, clever yet sometimes disarming.”
- Rick Landers, Guitar International Magazine
Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter living in Northern Virginia. Her music and style are a blend of her favorite acoustic, rock, indie, and folk influences and inspirations. She continues to win audiences with her deft and percussive guitar style, soothing vocals, and her warm, unassuming, and self-deprecating stage presence.
Born and raised in New York State, she fell in love with classical music when she began taking violin lessons at the age of three. Jillian trained on piano, flute, and even sitar-but is self-taught on all the other instruments she plays (guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, string bass, and a host of other random instruments). She took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing and performing music to pursue her career in the labor movement when she re-discovered her musical muse in August of 2018.
Encouraged by friends and fellow songwriters, Jillian began playing solo at local open mics in January 2019, sharing songs she had only started writing a few months before and has been on a tear ever since, winning six Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Awards, Silver in the first-ever Songwriters of Washington COVIDeo contest, and becoming Vienna, VA Idol Runner-up in 2019. Since then, she has played numerous shows and venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Club Passim, Jammin' Java, The Wharf DC, the Edwards Opera House, Farm Brew Live, Epicure Cafe, and Earp's Ordinary. She has opened for Michael Clem and Greg Howard (Rockwood Music Hall), Anne Hills (Focus Arlington), and Scott Cook and Pamela Mae (The Listening Booth).
She released her debut EP, "Hangin' On" in June 2020 and has collaborated and worked with other musicians as a session musician in recordings and live-shows. In August of 2021, she successfully fundraised her first full-length studio album with Plaid Dog Studios in Boston and began recording in winter 2021/2022. The new album will be released in 2023.
Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist living in Northern Virginia who rediscovered her musical voice after a 15 year hiatus and has been on a tear ever since, winning audiences with her deft and percussive guitar style, soothing vocals, and her warm, unassuming, and self-deprecating stage presence. She began playing violin at the young age of three and has picked up a multitude of instruments along the way. While she has spent her career in the labor movement, she has been gaining momentum and gigs, collaborating with other musicians, and opening for notable artists. She released her debut EP, "Hangin' On", in 2020 and will release her first full-length, crowdfunded album in early 2023.
The Songwriters' Association of Washington
MID-ATLANTIC SONG CONTEST AWARDS
MASC 38 (2021)
Folk Acoustic: Finalist, "Safe"
MASC 37 (2020)
COVID-19 Songs: Finalist, "All I Can Give"
Open: Finalist, "Monkey Paw"
Vocal Jazz/Blues: Honorable Mention, "Only Water"
MASC 36 (2019)
Adult Contemporary: Finalist, "Hangin' On"
Open: Honorable Mention, "Monkey Paw"
EMERGENT SEED VIRTUAL GIG GRANTEE
2021, "All Mine"
The Songwriters' Association of Washington
STREAMCATCHER COVIDEO 19 PROJECT
Silver, "All I Can Give"
-Scott Cook and Pamela Mae (2022 The Listening Booth, DE)
-Anne Hills (2022 Focus Arlington, VA);
-Michael Clem and Greg Howard (2021 Rockwood Music Hall, NYC)
-Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)
-Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
-Jammin' Java (Vienna, VA)
-The Wharf (Washington, DC)
-Edwards Opera House (Edwards, NY)
-Farm Brew Live (Manassas, VA)
-Epicure Cafe (Fairfax, VA)
-Earp's Ordinary (Fairfax, VA)
-Takoma Park Folk Festival 2022 (Maryland)
-Club Passim Campfire. Festival: Labor Day 2022 (Cambridge, MA), Labor Day 2021 (Virtual),, Memorial Day 2021 (Virtual)
-Mountville Folk Festival 2022 (Bull Run, VA)
-Sustainable Dream Festival 2022 (Middleburg, VA)