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)
September 2017 marks the debut of Focusyear: A one-year intensive course for exceptionally talented jazz musicians, selected by an expert jury, who will form an ensemble of nine people. The band will be coached and advised in a regular cycle by acknowledged masters of the international Jazz scene.
Wolfgang Muthspiel is artistic director of Focusyear.
Esteam Music GmbH is in charge of Wolfgang’s Management and represents him worldwide.
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