Wolfgang Muthspiel

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Biography

Wolfgang Muthspiel is an Austrian guitarist and composer. Born 1965 in Judenburg, Styria, he lived and worked in the US for many years before returning to his home country at the beginning of the new millennium. His work as band- and co-leader is documented on more than 30 albums, consisting mostly of his own compositions, and always featuring an impressive line-up. The who-is-who of contemporary jazz is represented on his recordings and tours. Since 2002, he is head of the guitar department at the Jazz institute of the Basel Academy of Music. There, he founded the internationally unprecedented project Focus Year in 2017. His much-noticed and acclaimed releases on ECM Records and his own label Material Records earned him the reputation of being one of the best guitarists of his generation, as well as numerous best-of listings. Among his many awards for his work is the German Jazz Prize 2022 in the category “String Instruments International”.

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