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Material began life in the year 2000. Owned and run by guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, the label encompasses artists as diverse as Dhafer Youssef, Rebekka Bakken and Amarcord Wien as well as being a vehicle for Wolfgang’s own collaborations and solo recordings.

Here’s Wolfgang’s statement from our label’s website…

“The artists on material records cover a wide range of styles. What connects them is the quality of the music, the fact that it is not primarily a commercial venture but “handmade” and developed with a long-term, process-oriented view.

Material records allows artists to develop, to interconnect, to think in terms of pure music. All artists on the label are excellent live performersand write their own material.
Our label objective is to create atmospheres allowing the artists to reach a maximum of expression.

The three subdivisions of material records: Jazz, song, and classics outline the large field of music involved; contemporary jazz, the world of the singer/songwriter and classical music, be it brand-new or interpreted in a new way. I hope you enjoy this selection of our work.”

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Vienna, January 2005

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  • MaterialRecords

    some fantastic new concert dates for Wolfgang Muthspiel just added to our site.... August 13 2014... Rovereto (IT)Lagarina Jazz Festival... with Klaus Gesing (saxophones)... and Yuri Goloubev (bass).......... September 11 2014... London (UK), Wigmore Hall... with Joshua Redman (Sax) and Gwilym Simcock (piano)....... September 12 2014... Colmar (FR), Salle de Spectacles Europe... with Joshua Redman and Gwilym Simcock........ September 19 2014... Basel (CH), Jazzclub im Jazzcampus... with Larry Grenadier (bass) and Jorge Rossy (drums)....... September 21... Wien (AT), Porgy and Bess... with Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy......... October 12.... Neuhardenberg (DE), Schinkelkirche - Schloss Neuhardenberg... with Dhafer Youssef and Bugge Wesseltoft...........

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    (part two)...... Australian Tour with Ralph Towner (guitars) and Slava Grigoryan (guitars)...... 24 Oct - Hobart - MONA...... 26 Oct - Byron Bay – Community Centre....... . 27 Oct – Brisbane – Powerhouse...... 28 Oct - Melbourne – Melbourne Recital Centre....... 30 Oct Adelaide - Playhouse....... 1 Nov - Sydney – City Recital Hall....... 2 Nov – Canberra – Street Theatre......... December 19...... Salzburg (AT), Winterfest, Spiegelzelt........ Premiere Performance of the "Austrian String Trio"....... Benjamin Schmid, violin...... Florian Eggner, cello......

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    MAY 23, 2014 DORTMUND (D) DOMIZIL Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier MAY 24, 2014 COPENHAGEN (DK) JAZZHOUSE Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier MAY 25, 2014 MÜNCHEN (D) UNTERFAHRT Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier MAY 26, 2014 VIENNA (A) KONZERTHAUS Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier JUNE 7, 2014, ELMAU (D) Schloss Elmau Duo with Ralph Towner June 25, 2014, PARIS (F) Théâtre des Champs-Elysées featured guest with Ensemble l'Arpeggiata June 26, 2014 LUDWIGSBURG (D) Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg Duo with Svante Henryson (cello) July 3, 2014 LUDWIGSBURG (D) Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg featured guest with Ensemble l'Arpeggiata

    April 2014
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    April 30, 2014 BUDAPEST (H) @ PALACE OF ARTS featured guest with the "1705 Trio" May 10, 2014 GÖPPINGEN (D) @ ODEON Duo with Svante Henryson (cello) MAY 20, 2014 BASEL (CH) JAZZFESTIVAL BASEL Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier MAY 21, 2014 DORNBIRN (A) SPIELBODEN Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier MAY 22, 2014 LUXEMBOURG (LU) PHILHARMONIE Wolfgang Muthspiel, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier

    April 2014
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    VIENNA WORLD REVIEW POSTED BY WOLFGANG MUTHSPIEL, MARCH 31, 2014 We just finished a run of concerts in Austria with the new program of "Vienna, World". So glad to have packed all three venues (Treibhaus Innsbruck, Oval Salzurg and Konzerthaus Vienna Grosser Saal). I am grateful to the wonderful musicians who were with me: Becca Stevens, vocals Gabriel Grossi, harp Benjamin Schmid, violin Fagner Weseley, piano Svante Henryson, cello and bass Alegre Correa, percussion Here is a review of the concert: http://kurier.at By the way, the album and the film about Vienna, World are on their way and scheduled to come out in the spring of 2015.

    April 2014
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    an update on the "Vienna, World" project from Wolfgang Muthspiel... New York The fourth part of my world trip "Vienna, World" happened recently in New York City. I am very happy with that experience. This time I performed and recorded with two musicians I have never played with before. Billy Childs on piano and the singer Becca Stevens. It was a huge pleasure to play new songs with them, to sing in duet with a wonderful singer (a first for me) and to capture the music in one of the best studios I have ever recorded at: Sear Sound in Manhattan. We recorded 5 songs and they rock. As it looks now, 3 of them are going to be on Vienna World, Volume 1. I am so grateful to constantly work with fantastic people and to be able to realize this dream project.

    December 2013
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    Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan go out on tour this week to promote their newest album release "Travel Guide" on the ECM label. Come over to our Facebook page to view the dates and more information: https://www.facebook.com/MaterialRecords

    October 2013
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    the South American premiere of Wolfgang Muthspiel's 2nd song project VIENNA, WORLD begins next month in Brasil. Rio de Janeiro 13.08-Noite Jazz Mania-Arpoador São Paulo 15.08-Sesc Pompeia Sao Paulo16/08-Sesc Sorocaba Florianopolis 17/08-Teatro Pedro Ivo With Wolfgang Muthspiel-Guitar and Vocals, Alune Wade-Bass, Alegre Correa-Guitar and Percs,Fagner Wesley-Piano and Keys,Gabriel Grossi-Mund Hamonika,Carol Pereyr and guests.

    August 2013
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    Wolfgang Muthspiel begins the second part of his song-project with this next adventure... "My project Vienna, World is becoming a reality. It is a journey around the world with new songs of mine that I am writing now for very special musicians. It will lead me to Tibro (Sweden), Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York and back to Vienna. I can't wait to meet and interact with the great musicians I will meet on this trip: Sven Lindvall, Per Lindvall, Svante Henryson, Alegre Correa, Gabriel Grossi, Fagner Wesley, Alune Wade, Guillermo Klein, Sergio Verdinelli, Matias Mendez, Richard Nante, Becca Stevens, Billy Childs, Benjamin Schmid, Forian Eggner and Karl Hodina. Vienna, World will become a CD and a Documentary Film, made by Laura Pleifer. During the whole travel, my wonderful soundman Ronny Matky will be with us, both for the recordings and the live dates."

    June 2013
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    Levin "Between the Lights" - a special release show tomorrow night in Zurich at Kaufleuten! Levin has assembled the international cast of studio musicians to perform the album LIVE! check him out here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmK_r18NwDQ

    May 2013
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    Wolfgang Muthspiel premiere's a new group Ensemble Cambiata this weekend, first show is in Innsbruck at the wonderful Treibhaus https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=478723965516523&set=a.332158973506357.85810.100001367716937&type=1&theater

    March 2013
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    The new Paolo Thorsen-Nagel Projekt "And On" CD is available for sale in our webshop .......NOW! http://www.materialrecords.com/content_de/shop_start.asp www.paolothorsennagel.com

    March 2013
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    Max Frankl takes his band on the road beginning Wednesday at the A-Trane in Berlin (see https://www.facebook.com/MaterialRecords/events for a list of all dates). You can check-out more information on Max here http://www.maxfrankl.com/de/

    February 2013
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    The Paolo Thorsen-Nagel Projekt's "And On" will be our first release of 2013. Paolo's brought together a fantastic line-up for the record - Johannes Enders, Pablo Held, Matthieu Michel, Daniel Mudrack & Arne Huber! Here's a teaser video from the album sessions... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qm_w9yeHEw and more information www.paolothorsennagel.com

    January 2013
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    A great review of a pre-Xmas Wolfgang Muthspiel "Vienna Naked" show here... http://kulturzeitschrift.at/kritiken/musik-konzert/der-beifall-wollte-nicht-verebben

    January 2013
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    The Domenic Landolf Trio (with Mr Muthspiel) roll into Lichtenstein this evening at the Tangente in Eschen.

    November 2012
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    Wolfgang Muthspiel will be joining the Domenic Landolf Trio for a series of shows in Austria, Lichtenstein and Switzerland beginning on November 22nd in Basel - please see the Events section for more details.

    November 2012
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    The Vienna Naked tour moves on through Austria, check out the remaining dates in the Events section and come over to https://www.facebook.com/MaterialRecords and say hello :)

    October 2012
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    I've posted this "Shout" before so please forgive me if it's showing on your page when you view - there's nothing here! Wolfgang is currently on tour, presenting the Vienna Naked album with a 4 piece line-up including Alune Wade, Alegre Correa and Fagner Wesley, check out the Events section here or our Facebook page for more details x

    October 2012
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    the latest track from Vienna Naked has just been posted, come on over and check us out at http://www.viennanaked.com/media/video/empty-house here's what Wolfgang had to say about the track "Empty House" : "here comes a song about an end of sorts. once in a while we need to finish a chapter and move on. while the verse comes in an angry tone, the chorus points to the truth: everything we experience has a deep meaning for us. in my book that is the most productive way to deal with life. nothing is arbitrary. and we direct our movie."

    April 2012
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