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September 2, 2019

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 ensemble (Advanced Jazz Ensemble) while a colleague is off on sabbatical.

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June 5, 2019

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 24 & 25 – 7pm
Ronnie Scott’s
with Cliff Schmitt & Paul Wells

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April 25, 2019

Heading to Denmark

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.

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August 13, 2017

Michigan Here I Come!

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.

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October 8, 2016

“Parallel States” Recommended Listening in Just Jazz e-Newsletter

Parallel StatesBob 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.”

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August 9, 2016

“Parallel States” Reviewed by JazzdaGama

Parallel StatesRaul 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

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June 3, 2016

Parallel States is Now Available

Parallel StatesParallel States

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!

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