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Wolfgang Muthspiel (guitar)
Matthieu Michel (trumpet)
Joe Sanders (bass)
Jeff Ballard (drums)

Wolfgang Muthspiel is an Austrian guitarist and composer. Born in 1965, he lived and worked in the U.S.A. for an extended period of time before returning to settle in his native country at the beginning of the millennium. His work as a band and co-leader is documented on over 30 CDs, for most of which he composed pieces and which continually exhibit an impressive line-up; from Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, Gary Burton, Dave Liebmann, Paul Motian, Tom Harrell and Trilok Gurtu.   He is also skilled at discovering big talents and, as a result, he has headed the Jazz Guitar Department at the Hochschule für Musik Basel since 2002 and founded project Focus Year there in 2017, which is a worldwide novelty. His highly and critically acclaimed releases on ECM Records and his own label Material Records have brought him a reputation of being one of the most influential guitarists of his generation as well as numerous rankings in global best-of-lists. Muthspiel's latest release “Rising Grace” assembled Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade on one album and once more impressively demonstrated his mastery and creative musicality that goes beyond the boundaries of genres. Consequently, the album was treated by many as the best Jazz album of 2016 and multiple sold-out concerts followed worldwide. In his compositions and improvisations, Muthspiel combines European and American musical traditions at the highest level.
In support of this new album Wolfgang Muthspiel will present his music with a first-class band in July 2019.

With Matthieu Michel on trumpet Muthspiel has been introducing a new musician to his band for the last months. Michel is of swiss origin and has been an active and intriguing member of the European jazz-scene for years. His lyrical and intuitive style has made him a sought-after trumpet player who toured in more than 40 countries and contributed to more than 350 records. 
While Joe Sanders (Christian Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, etc.) on bass is another innovation in the quintet’s line-up, drummer Jeff Ballard (Brad Mehldau Trio) is a familiar face from both Wolfgang Muthspiel’s former trio- and quintet-endeavours.
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