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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 in if you can!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5
9.00 PM PARIS / 8.00 PM LON / 3.00 PM NY / 12.00PM LA

TICKET PRICE €10.00 / £10.00 / $13.00
Booking closes 60 minutes before the start of concert to allow time to process payments and send passwords.

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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 of my favorite musicians.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – 6:30pm EDT

MATTHEW FRIES TRIO
Matthew Fries – piano
John Hébert – bass
Keith Hall – drums

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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 synth sound, and made this…

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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 recording projects and the first video is a piece written by saxophonist Andrew Rathbun. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope to have more to share soon…

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

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