Matthias Lupri
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The best kept secret in music


"Jazz Press"

"I find the Matthias Lupri Group exciting and refreshing..... "
Jack De Johnette

"Lupri, a migrant from rock drums to jazz vibes, plays fast, loose, and at
the top of his game" Down Beat Dec '03

"Lupri and company forge a decidedly progressive path on this splendid disc
of well crafted originals" Bill Milkowski - JazzTimes

"Chalk Same Time Twice up as a top contender for 2002! Feverishly
recommended..."" Glenn Astarita -All About Jazz

"I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Matthias Lupri has created a
personalized approach to his instrument and to his music." - Don Williamson

Lupri's leading edge jazz pieces reflect a desire to harbor growth, while not losing sight of the tradition. Jim Santella All About Jazz Nov 02

“Lupri's third album, the splendid Same Time Twice, offers a brace of
fresh originals that have an open, now feel” Zan Stewart- Liner Notes

"Vibist Lupri's second album is an absolute jewel..........." Larry
Nai - Cadence, July 2000

"Shadow of the Vibe results in a satisfying amalgamation of elements -
among them a blues with a quasi-second line drumbeat, some blazing bebop,
exploratory free-like exursions and slow-moving ethereal passages in which
the bassist and drummer interact presciently with the front line."

David Franklin - JazzTimes, Aug 2000

"Matthias Lupri is doing his share to bring the vibraphone out from the
shadows of jazz....and keeps the vibes rolling within an ensemble context
that honors his seductive sweep"

Paul Robicheau - Boston Globe

"Lupri emerges as a another musician living up to his considerable
potential... on this well -conceived cleanly executed program that comprises
Lupri's own attractive compositions."

Neil Tesser, Jazziz, February 2000

"Look out for promising young vibraphonist Matthias Lupri, a protégé of
Gary Burton.

Dirk Sutro - Jazz For Dummies, 1999

“Anyone who enjoyed Matthias Lupri's debut disc, Window Up Window Down - and
lots of people did, to judge from the CD's success in radio polls - will
find even more to like in this sophomore effort. The direct, articulate
character of Lupri's vibes playing and composing are even more imposing this
time around, while his abilities as a bandleader shine brighter in the
present quartet, which includes two true giants of contemporary improvised
music, saxophonist George Garzone and bassist John Lockwood. Shadow of the
Vibe, in sum, provides what one hopes to find from a musician who made a
strong first impression: real growth.”
Bob Blumenthal - jazz critic

"Lupri displays maturity, nuance and a strong penchant for reworking
melodies intermingled with shrewd well-constructed soloing."
Glenn Astarita - All About Jazz

"A real hard bopper "Fast Corners" stretches Lupri's horizons, proving him a
quite flexible, quick witted, happy and serious melodicist, taking the
corners and straightaways at full throttle next to Garzone's 200 m.p.h
Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"......his playing is instantly recognizable and wonderful to hear."

James Lien - CMJ New Music Report,

"Some of Lupri's originals are, to borrow the title of an album issued in
1960 under the
supervision of John Lewis/Gunther Schuller, jazz abstractions. The themes
are economical,
launching a host of of fresh sounding solos both vigorous and pensive."

James Isaacs -

"Matthias Lupri has created a personalized approach to his instrument and
his music--one that will be recognized even more widely in the future. "
Bill Donaldson

" Lupri hits hard on the solos, and comps with warm glow when George Garzone
steps out. On "Investion" the power is scary................."
John Barrett -

"sometimes his soloing and comping is more reminiscent of someone like Tommy
Iommi.........." Performer Magazine Dec 99

Window Up Window Down

"Matthias Lupri's debut CD is luminous, from the glowing tone of his
instrument to the eloquent melodies.... it's always nice to hear a new
voice on the vibraphone - check it out."
Katie Malloch, CBC Radio,

A melodically invigorating session consisting of nine largely easygoing

- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

- Various



SAME TIME TWICE (October 2002)- Matthias Lupri - vibes, Kurt Rosenwinkel - guitar, Mark Turner - Saxophones, Reuben Rogers - bass, Gregory Hutchinson, drums

SHADOW OF THE VIBE (1999)- Matthias Lupri - vibraphone, George Garzone - saxophones, John Lockwood - acoustic bass, Sebastiaan deKrom - drums

WINDOW UP WINDOW DOWN (1998) - Matthias Lupri - vibraphone, Timo Verbole - saxophone, Florian Feuser - acoustic bass, Sebastiaan deKrom - drums


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Lupri's unique sound can be contributed to his upbringing and various musical and life experiences.

Born in Germany, Matthias grew up in Kansas, USA, and Alberta, Canada. Starting on drums at the age of 12, he played professionally throughout his teens and early 20’s around the Western Provinces of Canada, including work with Canadian Juno award singer "George Fox" and the rock band "Full Circle." Once introduced to vibes, Matthias found a new expression and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study with legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since graduating, Matthias’ groups have appeared at many clubs and festivals, as well as on television shows and radio spots.

Matthias also recently had his music played on the ABC TV show "Alias".

Some upcoming larger shows include the Litchfield, Rochester, Lake George festivals and a tour in Europe. A west coast and a coast to coast Canadian Jazz festival tour was completed recently also, and other past performances include the Litchfield, Hartford, Boston, Atlanta, Clearwater, Seattle, Vancouver Festival, MIX Festival at Foxboro Stadium, CBC Montreal, Top of the Senator in Toronto, Blues Alley in Washington DC, The Regatta Bar in Cambridge, MA and The Knitting Factory in New York.

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