Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called “a shining light” among today’s jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, his fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut.
two new scores have been added to the shop.
A piece for Cello and Baritone Guitar called “Dark Silk”, which Wolfgang wrote for Sharon and Slava Grigoryan and a version of Wolfgang’s Rhapsody for Solo Guitar.
Wolfgang Muthspiel’s Large Ensemble featuring Ambrose Akinmusire (tp) was premiered in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Vienna with music arranged and directed by Guillermo Klein during their first four concerts. A video recording of the show at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (GER) from 04th Oct 2019 can be watched here.
April 14 Jazz Standard, NYC
April 15 Jazz Standard, NYC
April 16 Regattabar, BOSTONÂ
April 17 Blue Whale, LA
April 18 Blue Whale, LA
April 19 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA
April 20 Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz
Here is a new video of the Quintet featuring Matthieu Michel, Colin Vallon, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard performing my song “For Django” in Basel last November.
The song is named after and inspired by Django Bates.
Wolfgang will be teaching at Seminario Internacional de Jazz de Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain February 28 through March 3
Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet’s second record on ECM «Where the River Goes» is a little more than two months old now and received praise from all over the world. Read some excerpts here.
Wolfgang will embark on a tour with MGT in February 2019, reuniting the guitar trio with Ralph Towner, Slava Grigoryan. They will be playing seven dates in Australia, showcasing new music written by Ralph and Wolfgang.
Here is the complete video of the title track of Wolfgang´s new album Where The River Goes.
Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet
Ambrose Akinmusire (Trompete)
Brad Mehldau (Klavier)
Larry Grenadier (Bass)
Eric Harland (Schlagzeug)
The second album of the Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet „Where The River Goes“ is being released today (05. October 2018) on ECM records. It contains eight new pieces interpreted by Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland and Wolfgang himself.
The album is available on most streaming services and can be ordered as CD or LP by clicking here. Matching sheet music is available via the „Works“ header.
Wolfgang’s new album Where The River Goes will be released on October 5th, 2018.
The recording features Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Brad Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass and Eric Harland on drums and was produced by Manfred Eicher.
Here you can see a teaser…
Here you can preorder Wolfgang´s new album
Where The River Goes
Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet)
Brad Mehldau (piano)
Larry Grenadier (bass)
Eric Harland (drums)
Date of Release: Oktober 5, 2018
As a kid Wolfgang played violin and loved to play chamber music. With violinist Beni Schmid and cellist Florian Eggner he has formed a Trio that combines this sensibility with improvisation.
Enjoy their first video here
The album “Travel Guide”, a Guitar Trio with Ralph Towner and Slava Grigoryan, was Wolfgang’s first appearance on ECM records. For this album he contributed 5 compositions. They are now available for download at our shop.
New sheet music of many of Wolfgang´s compositions is available for download: all tunes from his two ECM Records releases
Rising Grace and Driftwood as well as a new Suite for Bass Solo which he wrote for Larry Grenadier, and the Kanon in 6/8 for Trio. over the next months we will add many more scores to the site.
We proudly present a new Video of Wolfgang in Trio with Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard. Here is an extended version of the new composition “Kanon in 6/8”, live at Porgy and Bess, Vienna.
Wolfgang Muthspiel: guitar
Larry Grenadier: double bass
Jeff Ballard: drums
Wolfgang will play Trio with Brian Blade on drums and Scott Colley on bass at Cotton Club Tokyo August 9th, 10th and 11th 2018, followed by a recording date.
Wolfgang Muthspiel will embark on a tour with his new quintet featuring Matthieu Michel (tp), Colin Vallon (p), Larry Grenadier (b) and Jeff Ballard (dr). Lasting from 30th October to 15th November, shows and more information are to be announced soon.
We are looking forward to create the ensemble for the season 2018/2019.
“I have often been thinking about Jazz Education during my years of studies in Austria and the USA and during my years as a professor at the Musikhochschule in Basel. We all know that Jazz is hard to teach and some of its essential qualities are hard to put in words, let alone systems. Focusyear is my attempt to create the most direct learning environment for talented musicians, one that is not governed by curricular structures, but instead exclusively deals with the reality of sound and community of an ensemble. Inspired by the World Music Institute at Berklee and the Monk Institute in Los Angeles, and thanks to the support from the Levedo Foundation, we can realize a dream in the heart of Europe.” Wolfgang Muthspiel
Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio
feat. Larry Grenadier (b)
and Jeff Ballard (dr)