MATTHEW FRIES JAZZ PIANIST / COMPOSER EXPLORE THE LATEST NEWS

Winner of Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Professor of Jazz Piano at Western Michigan University.

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  • Virtual Duo Concert with John Hébert
    I’ve been asked to play another online concert as part of the series run by the Global Music Foundation. These concerts feature artists from around the world and are streamed live on Zoom. Each concert is followed by an informal talk-back session. It’s a lot like a virtual house-concert with a fun, international audience of music fans. 
  • Livestream Concert and Talkback with the Global Music Foundation
    The Global Music Foundation invited me to perform a livestream concert followed by a short Q&A session. This will be part of a pretty amazing series of concerts featuring artists from all over the world performing from their homes. I’ll be playing solo piano – some recent original compositions – from my own studio. Tune […]
  • Virtually Gilmore Concert – LIVESTREAM
    Any opportunity to perform for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is absolutely wonderful. But after a few months of playing almost no music during this pandemic lockdown, holy cow I couldn’t be more thrilled at the chance to hop on their amazing Steinway concert grand and perform a set of original trio tunes with a couple […]
  • Whatchu been doing during lockdown?
    I’ve been using some of my forced free time to explore some new skills. I’ve been playing with music production software, and in this project I sampled a bunch of sounds from my kitchen – banged on cups, opened drawers, shook spice bottles, slammed refrigerators – dumped them into Ableton, added a lead and bass […]
  • Staying active during the Corona lockdown
    It was a challenging way to finish out the school year – teaching classes and lessons remotely. And now the virus lockdown has cancelled my entire summer of touring (you’ll notice my calendar is completely empty…). But I’ve been trying to stay creative with my colleagues as Western Michigan University. We’ve been doing some remote […]
  • Back to School for Year Three
    It’s hard to believe I’m about to start my third year teaching at Western Michigan University. The first two years have presented a long list of challenges and some very deep personal rewards. This third year will add a few more challenges as I take on teaching a new class (Jazz Arranging) and directing an […]

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