“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. ”
Jillian Matundan is a singer-songwriter living in Northern Virginia. Her music and style is a blend of her favorite acoustic, rock, indie, and folk influences and inspirations.
Born and raised in New York State, she fell in love with was 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, ukelele, banjo, mandolin, string bass, and a host of other random instruments). She took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing and performing music to pursue a 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, becoming the 2019 Vienna Idol runner-up along the way. She is a recipient of two Mid-Atlantic Song Contest 2019 awards (Finalist, Adult Contemporary Category for “Hangin’ On” and Honorable Mention, Open Category for “Monkey Paw”) and won silver in the Songwriter Association of Washington's COVIDEO contest. She released her debut EP, “Hangin’ On”, in June 2020.
Jillian is a member of the Reston Community Orchestra, the McLean Symphony, the Pantones Steel Drum Band, the Songwriters Association of Washington, and the Folk Club of Reston & Herndon.
“Jillian can really get a song across to an audience. She is comfortable and self-depreciating on stage, and an expressive singer and a really solid guitarist. I've discovered that she's also an award-winning songwriter with humor and heart. ” - Ben Hamblin, President, Reston-Herndon Folk Club
“Is there an instrument Jilllian Matundan DOESN'T play...and play with great enthusiasm and skill? Probably, but I have yet to find it. Jillian is a bright young star from the North, and is gracing our music scene in vivid ways. Her musical spirit is expressive, energetic, melodic, and always a delight. Her writings evoke story lines and a depth that is hard to avoid, and always comes with a heaping spoonful of fun. It's been a real pleasure helping her put that together in one musical package, and one thing that helps in her many endeavors....she doesn't miss a single trick.” - Marco Delmar, Producer (Recording Arts) & Producer Emeritus (Wammie Awards)
“Listen to emerging performing and recording artist, Jillian Matundan, and at first, she will remind you of other dazzling performers from Joan Armatrading to Tracy Chapman, but soon you'll realize her unique and fabulous imagination. Just try to keep up with her rapid-fire fusillade of notes, staccato syllables, and impossibly quick, precise strumming, like Richie Havens on Red Bull. Just try to keep up with her colorful visual images in her lyrics as they fly by with her own beautiful blur of creativity. She will grip your ears, which will be smiling when you hear her. ” - Ron Goad, Drummer, 7-time Wammie Winner (Most Supportive of Washington Music)