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Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio

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Wolfgang Muthspiel (born 2 March 1965 in Judenburg, Styria) is an Austrian guitarist and composer most associated with jazz and brother of the trombonist and pianist Christian Muthspiel.

He started playing the violin at six and began study of the guitar as a teenager. After studying and in Graz, he completed his studies at the New England Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. His high reputation, even in young years, made him the replacement of Pat Metheny in Gary Burton’s band.

In the following years Muthspiel played with several famous jazz greats like Maria Joao, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian, Bob Berg, Gary Peacock, Don Alias, Gary Burton, Larry Grenadier or John Patitucci. Later a collaboration with famous Rebekka Bakken followed.

In 2002 Muthspiel returned to Vienna, founding his record label Material Records, which focuses on publishing own records as well as those of young aspiring musicians.

Besides his own band, the Wolfgang Muthspiel 4tet, he is collaborating with Brian Blade in the project “Friendly Travelers” and with Ralph Towner and Slava Grigoryan in a new named MGT.

In 2003 he won the European Jazz Prize.

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