This should be a lot fun. Overneath Creative Collective asked me to put together a concert for their KBR series. I asked my good friend Phil Palombi to join me for this live duo recording session, and you’re invited.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching jazz piano at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2017-2018 school year.
My November newsletter includes highlights of upcoming gigs in State College, PA, NYC, Dublin & London. Read the Newsletter
Bob Bernotas included Parallel States in his list of recommended listening in his October 2016 Just Jazz e-Newsletter. “Pianist Matthew Fries has collaborated with his sister, visual artist Loryn Spangler-Jones, to create this program of “parallel art and music.” Alone, Fries’ compositions are absorbing and stimulating, and Spangler-Jones paintings are vivid and striking. Together, they’ve produced […]
Raul da Gama at JazzdaGama gave Parallel States a very nice review! Some very kind words. “His Parallel States, a collection of nine pieces inspired by the paintings of Loryn Spangler-Jones is altogether beautiful… Matthew Fries’ touch is light and inspirational. He captures the lines of the paintings in graceful arcs, often suggesting melodies that […]
Yves Dorison at Culture Jazz in France gave Parallel States a nice review. “Une affaire de famille en quelque sorte et un peu plus que cela. Nous nous sommes laissés prendre par ces figures musicales souvent méditatives…”