Wolfgang Muthspiel

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Wolfgang Muthspiel
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Wolfgang Muthspiel at INNtöne Jazzfestival, 2006
(photo by Thomas Radlwimmer)
Background information
Born(1965-03-02)2 March 1965
Judenburg, Austria
GenresJazz, contemporary classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1985–present
LabelsPolygram, Material, ECM
Associated actsChristian Muthspiel, Rebekka Bakken, Quintron, Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier
Wolfgang Muthspiel at Norwegian music festival, Canal Street, 2015
(photo by Birgit Fostervold)

Wolfgang Muthspiel (born 2 March 1965, Judenburg, Austria) is an Austrian jazz guitarist and record label owner. He is the brother of musician Christian Muthspiel.

Music career[edit]

When he was six, he began playing violin, and at fourteen he moved on to classical guitar. He went to the Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. Beginning in 1985, he recorded three albums with his brother Christian. He released his first solo album, Timezones, in 1989. For two years, he toured with Gary Burton and guitarist Mick Goodrick, one of his teachers at Berklee.[1]

During the 1990s, Muthspiel lived in New York City and recorded more solo albums. His sidemen included Don Alias, Larry Grenadier, Tom Harrell, and Kenny Wollesen. He appeared as a guest on albums by Patricia Barber, Marc Johnson, Paul Motian, and Gary Peacock. He was the given the award for Austrian Jazz Musician of the Year in 1997. He founded his own label, Material Records, in 2000, and recorded again with his brother Christian and with Norwegian singer Rebekka Bakken.[1]

He formed the MGT trio with Slava Grigoryan and Ralph Towner, another trio with Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade, and one with Brad Mehldau and Ambrose Akinmusire.[2]

He has composed for the Austrian Esterházy Foundation, the Austrian Ministry of Arts, Benjamin Schmid, Hugo Wolf Quartet, and Klangforum Wien.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • 1985 Duo Due Schneetanz (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 1987 Duo Due Focus It (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 1989 Timezones
  • 1989 Duo Due Tre (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 1990 The Promise
  • 1993 Muthspiel Peacock Muthspiel Motian (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 1993 Black and Blue
  • 1993 In and Out
  • 1994 Magic Labyrinth (with Marc Johnson and Arto Tunçboyacıyan)
  • 1995 Loaded, Like New
  • 1996 Perspective
  • 1996 In the Same Breath (with Mick Goodrick and David Liebman)
  • 1998 CY (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 1999 Work in Progress
  • 2000 Daily Mirror (with Rebekka Bakken)
  • 2001 Daily Mirror, Reflected (with Rebekka Bakken)
  • 2001 Real Book Stories (with Marc Johnson and Brian Blade)
  • 2001 Echoes of Techno (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 2002 Beloved (with Rebekka Bakken)
  • 2002 Continental Call
  • 2003 Steinhaus
  • 2003 What's Nu?
  • 2003 Bearing Fruit
  • 2003 That's All Daisy Needs
  • 2003 Early Music (with Christian Muthspiel)
  • 2004 Air, Love and Vitamins (with Marc Johnson and Brian Blade)
  • 2004 Solo
  • 2005 Bright Side
  • 2007 Friendly Travelers (with Brian Blade)
  • 2007 Glow (with Dhafer Youssef)
  • 2008 Friendly Travelers Live (CD and DVD)
  • 2008 Earth Mountain
  • 2008 From a Dream (with Slava Grigoryan and Ralph Towner)
  • 2009 Live at the Jazz Standard (with Mick Goodrick)
  • 2011 Drumfree (with Andi Scherer and Larry Grenadier)
  • 2012 Vienna Naked
  • 2013 Travel Guide (with Slava Grigoryan and Ralph Towner)
  • 2014 Driftwood (with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier)
  • 2015 Vienna, World
  • 2016 Rising Grace (with Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade)
  • 2018 Where the River Goes

As sideman[edit]

With Gabrielle Goodman

  • Travelin' Light (1993)
  • Until We Love (1994)

With Dieter Ilg

  • Folk Songs, Dieter Ilg 1998
  • Fieldwork, Dieter Ilg 1999

With Vienna Art Orchestra

  • American Rhapsody: The Music of Gershwin 1998
  • Artistry in Rhythm: European Suite 2001

With others


  1. ^ a b c Jurek, Thom. "Wolfgang Muthspiel | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Mark (28 October 2016). "Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Wolfgang Muthspiel | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2016.