I’m off to Denmark next week to play a few shows with Curtis Stigers. It’s been a few years since I’ve been there and I’m looking forward to being back. While I’m there working with Curtis, I’ll also be squeezing in a solo piano show in Nyborg.Continue reading
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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.Continue reading
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 one of the most original artistic projects of this or any year.”
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 bring to life the moist and mystical nature of the paintings themselves…” Continue reading
My new solo piano album is here. It’s a collection of 9 original compositions that I created in a collaborative project with my sister, visual artist, Loryn Spangler-Jones.
Visit my music page for audio samples, images of the paintings Loryn created, a description of the process behind the recording, and links to where you can buy the music!
I’ve got a couple international gigs with my trio coming up this summer in London and Copenhagen! Please tell your friends.
MF Trio with Cliff Schmitt & Paul Wells11pm
47 Frith Street
We’ll be playing the Late Late Show starting at about 11pm. We’ll play a set of trio, then all hell breaks loose as we start inviting up guest musicians.
Matthew Fries – piano
Cliff Schmitt – bass
Paul Wells – drums
“From the first notes of this extraordinary recording, it is clear that the relationship between music and art is what inspired the project. Each of the works by pianist Matthew Fries and his sister, mixed media artist Loryn Spangler-Jones, is individual and exquisite…” Continue reading