I’m always working on something. Here are a few of the projects that are keeping me busy at the moment.


My Collaborative Trio with Keith Hall and Phil Palombi…

TRI-FI is a jazz piano trio with “a sound everybody can root for” – a co-operative trio who are dedicated to creating and performing new jazz music.

In reviews TRI-FI has been praised for “the perpetual forward thrust of the music… and their flawless intercommunication” by All About Jazz, and described as infusing “creative writing, fresh arranging and complimentary playing to offer us music that has to be reckoned with” by JazzReview.com. All Music Guide says, “TRI-FI is well on their way to incorporating new style and strength to their already potent brand of piano trio music.”

Matthew Fries, Phil Palombi and Keith Hall were brought together as the backing trio for jazz vocalist, Curtis Stigers, and toured extensively building up a level of musical communication that has become rare in the jazz world. In 2003 they began performing as the trio, TRI-FI – stepping into the spotlight and building on their friendship and musical chemistry.

Get social with TRI-FI:

Solo Piano

Just Me and a Piano…

I’m currently composing music for my first solo piano recording. It’s a genre that has interested and challenged me for quite a long time because it allows you to really express music in a personal way.

Watch this site for samples of what I’m working on.

Electric Trio

Fender Rhodes and Other Toys…

I’ve just started hanging out in Brooklyn working on a new project with Phil Palombi and Eric Halvorson where I get to play Rhodes and a few effects. It’s a fun experiment. Watch for a recording coming soon.

Curtis Stigers

Ongoing Sideman Duties…

I’ve been performing and recording with singer, Curtis Stigers, for about 10 years. Has it really been that long? We play mostly in Europe it seems – with frequent tours in England, Denmark, Germany and France.