Born: October 29, 1964 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
Matthias Lupri (born Germany '64) grew up in Manhattan, Kansas and Alberta, Canada. Starting on drums at the age of 12, he played professionally throughout his teens and early 20's around Canada, including work with Canadian Juno award country singer George Fox and hard rock bands Full Circle and LA Roxx.
Once introduced to jazz vibes through a college music program and hearing a Gary Burton album, Matthias found a new musical expression and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study with the legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since graduating, Lupri's jazz groups have toured internationally, and appeared on many television shows and radio spots.
Some recent jazz performances include major jazz festivals such as Montreal, North Sea, Atlanta, Litchfield, Ottawa, Seattle, Boston, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Hartford, Edmonton, Minneapolis, Berkshire, and well known jazz clubs such as The Top of the Senator in Toronto, Regatta Bar in Boston, Blues Alley in Washington, Outpost in Albuquerque, American Jazz Institute in California, Knitting Factory NYC. Matthias' music recently landed him for the 2nd time on the Down Beat Critics Choice list for Rising Vibraphonist and he was also recently heard on the TV show ALIAS.
Jazz performances/recordings with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Greg Osby, Chris Potter, Cuong Vu, Mark Turner, Nate Radley, George Garzone, Mike Murley, Neil Swainson, Rick Margitza, Jordan Perlson, Ian Froman, Barry Romberg, Jim Vivian, Greg Hutchinson, Reuben Rogers, Thomson Kneeland, Steve Hass, Jacques Schwarzbart, Jeff Ballard...
Lupri is also active in jazz education and has presented clinics at festivals such as Litchfield, Edmonton, Victoria , and also at Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Western Washington, University of New Mexico.
Matthias' main artistic objective is to stay true to his own artistic vision via his original compositions and improvisations, and present it to the public at large to enjoy in all the ways that they can. He has presented his music for many years and has branched out internationally in the more recent years. His future goals are to continue doing so and reach a larger audience in the years to come.