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Parallel States is Now Available

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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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A Few MF Trio Dates in Europe this Summer

I’ve got a couple international gigs with my trio coming up this summer in London and Copenhagen! Please tell your friends.

  • Mon
    13
    Jun
    2016

    MF Trio with Cliff Schmitt & Paul Wells

    11pm

    Ronnie Scotts
    47 Frith Street
    London, UK

    Ronnie ScottsWe’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

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“Parallel States” Reviewed by the New York City Jazz Record

Parallel StatesDonald Elfman at the New York City Jazz Record gave my Parallel States project a very nice review in the June 2016 Issue.

“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

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“Parallel States” Reviewed by UK Vibe

Parallel StatesMike Gates at UK Vibe gave Parallel States a nice review.

“There is some wonderful, lyrical, expressive playing to be enjoyed on ‘Parallel States’… This is music to lose yourself in, with Fries proving just what a consummate performer he is. His tunes are full of joy and wonderment, whilst still retaining a thoughtful, skillful repose.” Continue reading

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“Parallel States” reviewed by Longplay blog in Poland

Parallel StatesRobert Ratajczak posted a nice review of Parallel States on the Polish blog, Longplay.

“Wszelkie nawiązania, bądź dostrzegalne w kompozycjach echa, stanowią zaledwie jeden z wielu składników decydujących o ostatecznym kolorycie utworów wypełniających “Parallel States”, płytę wypełnioną muzyką nasyconą ogromem przestrzeni i silnie prowokująca wyobraźnię.” Continue reading

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“Parallel States” Scheduled for June 3rd Release

Parallel StatesThe release date has been set for my new solo piano project. Parallel States will be available on CD and digital download on June 3, 2016. Look for limited edition vinyl and limited edition prints (cover art painting) coming later this summer.

You can preview the music and the artwork right here on my site. Enjoy!

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Parallel States – A collaborative project with my sister

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My sister, Loryn Spangler-Jones (visual artist) and I have been collaborating on a new work of art and music. It’s been an exciting process of blurring the lines between visual and aural – where art is created to inspire musical composition and music is composed to inspire a visual image.

Join us for Parallel States – an exhibition showcasing the art that was created combined with a live performance of the music.

Time to Make the DoughnutsListen Here

Here’s a sample of the work we’re creating. This is an example of a solo piano piece I created inspired by Loryn’s art.

Her piece “Time to Make the Doughnuts” (shown on the left) inspired my composition, “The Sweet Life.”

(Sorry, I just couldn’t bring myself to title my piece “Time to Make the Doughnuts”)

The Sweet Life (excerpt)

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It’s a Busy Weekend of Gigs in NYC

Life is good when you get to play great music in two of NYC’s premiere jazz clubs – in one weekend. A night of original music with Tim Horner & Time Circle, and the premiere performance/recording of a live radio show for NPR with Ann Hampton Callaway and Steve Tyrell.

  • Sat
    15
    Aug
    2015

    with Tim Horner & Time Circle

    Jazz at Kitano
    38th St @ Park Avenue
    New York, NY
    Jazz Reservations: 212-885-7119

    Tim HornerPlaying a show of Tim Horner‘s fantastic, free-flowing music. It’s rare to find someone who composes with such a sincere and distinctive voice. I’m playing with some pretty stellar musicians, at one of the best spots to hear live jazz in NYC.

    Tim Horner – drums and compositions
    Joe Locke – vibraphone
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Dean Johnson – bass

    with guest vocalist, Ema Mitrovic

  • Sun
    16
    Aug
    2015

    with Ann Hampton Callaway & Steve Tyrell

    6pm

    Birdland Jazz Club
    315 W. 44th Street
    NYC

    Ann Hampton CallawayThis is Cabaret
    With Ann Hampton Callaway and special guest Steve Tyrell

    The premiere performance and live recording of Ann’s new radio show on NPR, “This is Cabaret.”

    Recasting cabaret as an emotionally engaging experience rather than a place, host Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates intimate performances and heartfelt songs from a variety of genres: jazz, Broadway, folk , singer-songwriter, the blues, and more….

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