Wolfgang Muthspiel ( born March 2, 1965 in Jews Castle, Styria ) is an Austrian guitarist and composer. His stylistic diversity made it in the late 20th and early 21st century in many projects a sought-after jazz musicians. The younger brother of Christian Muthspiel founded in 2000 his own label material records.
Wolfgang Muthspiel grew up in Styria, the son of the composer and choral educator Kurt Muthspiel Jews in the castle, a small district capital. At the age of six, he was given violin lessons. As a young teenager, he decided his own musical ways to go and brought taught himself to play the guitar at. After studying guitar (classical / jazz ) at the Musikhochschule Graz, he moved in 1986 to the USA. From 1986 to 1989 he completed his studies at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. The high priority given by Wolfgang Muthspiel already had in his early years in the American jazz scene, can fix that, Gary Burton in his band as successor to Pat Metheny, one of the great models Muthspiel, hired him. As a result, Wolfgang Muthspiel was invited by many famous jazz musicians such as Maria Joao, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian, Bob Berg, Gary Peacock, Don Alias , Larry Grenadier, Gabrielle Goodman and John Patitucci to concerts or studio recordings. The mid-1990s Muthspiel eventually moved to New York, where he worked with the young Norwegian singer Rebekka Bakken in the border area between jazz and pop. 2002 Muthspiel returned to Austria and has since lived in Vienna. Here he founded his own record label called Material Records, under which he published both your own recordings and those of other artists. In Vienna, he founded a new trio with the twin brothers Andreas and Matthias Pichler Pichler. 2006 debut recording " Brightside " on material records. Wolfgang Muthspiel uses a variety of game types of electronic music, such as sample-and- loop techniques. Every now and then he can also be heard as a violinist. Since 1998 he has collaborated repeatedly with the American drummer Brian Blade. In addition to 2 recordings and concert tours in trio with bassist Marc Johnson formed the two a duo whose debut recording " Friendly Travelers" 2007 has been published on material records. In 2012 he published with "Vienna Naked" his debut as a singer of his own songs.
Wolfgang Muthspiel was in Austria honored at a young age with the Young Musicians Award and received his breakthrough performance in the U.S. further honors. In his Austrian homeland him twice the Hans Koller Prize was awarded in 1997 as musician of the year 2003 in the form of highly doped European Jazz Prize.