Matthias Lupri Group with Myron Walden and Donny McCaslin
Metalix (a wondering and wandering suite)
Summit SMT 445
Street Date: March 14, 2006
Lupri exhibits a season approach to composition while also distinguishing himself as a first-rate improviser" ~Bill Milkowski, liner notes
Modern jazz vibraphonist Matthias Lupri returns with his 5th project Metalix on Summit Records and a forward thinking group playing all Lupri original compositions.
With ace alto and tenor saxophonists Myron Walden (Brian Blade, Freddie Huddard) and grammy nominated soloist Donny McCaslin (Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas) Metalix was recorded after a summer jazz festival tour across Canada (including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Europe's North Sea Jazz festival, and some U.S. shows. Modern original jazz with the sweet sounds of the vibraphone and fresh forward thinking players of today's NYC jazz scene--Nate Radley, guitar, Thomson Kneeland, acoustic bass and Jordan Perlson, drums.
Lupri was also recently named as a rising artist on vibes in the latest DownBeat critics poll for the 2nd time.
See the Jazz Talk forum Catching up with Matthias Lupri.
Born in Germany, Lupri grew up in Kansas and Alberta, Canada. He studied drums and began playing professionally as a teenager in blues, rock and country music bands, including Juno winner George Fox. In his early 20's, while studying music in college, he became fascinated with jazz vibraphone music from listening to a recording of the legendary Gary Burton. Lupri recollects, It totally changed my whole approach to music. For the next five years, while I was still on the road with rock bands, I would practice my vibes every day in my hotel room."
Having found a new musical expression with the vibes, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study with his mentor Gary Burton.
Lupri's CD's have charted in the Top 40 Gavin and Top 15 CMJ Jazz Charts and Chart Magazine Canada.
He has played with Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Greg Hutchinson, Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Ian Froman, George Garzone, Jeff Ballard, Rick Margitza, Cuong Vu and at festivals in Montreal, North Sea, Atlanta, Ottawa, Minneapolis, Vancouver, Providence, Toronto, Boston, Montreal and Clearwater, Florida.
Lupri's CDs are available at all major record stores or can be ordered online through his website.