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Great Day in the Studio

Last Friday I had an amazing day recording with John Hébert and Keith Hall at Transient Recording in Chicago. We tracked eight of my new tunes for piano trio and I must admit I’m very happy with how it all went. John and Keith both played beautifully and vibe during the session was just great. […]

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Matthew Fries Trio Concert – July 20th, 2021

I’ve been doing a lot of writing in the last year or so during this pandemic lockdown. I mean, we musicians have all had a lot of free time on our hands, and I’ve been trying to put some of it to good use. Some of the music was inspired by events that happened during […]

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Online Duo Concert with Andrew Rathbun

Andrew Rathbun and I will be playing some sax-piano duo in a concert for the Global Music Foundation‘s online series. 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 […]

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Duo concert featuring impressions of the music of Claude Debussy

I’m looking forward to performing on the beautiful Steinway at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor on Sunday, March 7th, for this livestreamed duo concert with my friend (and amazing saxophonist/composer) Andrew Rathbun. He released a beautiful album last year called Impressions of Debussy, where we hear performances of the original piano works of Debussy […]

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The Duo Live – Album Now Available Everywhere

The Duo Live was recorded live in concert and is now available everywhere on the Xcappa Records label. It is a duo performance I did with Grammy-winning bassist Phil Palombi, and I consider it a sort of tribute to the classic “duo gigs” made popular in NYC when I was living and working there. True […]

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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. 

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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London in June

It’s become a summer pattern to play a week of gigs at Ronnie Scotts in London with Curtis Stigers. It’s always great to be back there, and this year will be extra fun because I’ll also be playing a couple nights of trio opening for Archie Shepp. Hope to see some UK friends there! June […]

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