Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Lupri, Matthias (Albrecht)
Lupri, Matthias (Albrecht), vibraphonist, composer, drummer; b. Offenbach, Germany, 29 October 1964. While he was an infant, Matthias' family immigrated to USA from Germany in 1967 (through Ellis Island, NYC) to Manhattan, Kansas. His father and sociologist (Eugen Lupri, born July 5, 1928 in Remscheid, Germany) and mother (Anneliese Maria Lupri, nee Koch, born May 15, 1931 in Nassau/Lahn,Germany) moved Matthias and his sisters (Claudia Christa, born December 23,1956 in Hochheim/Main, Germany and Barbara Anne Renschler, nee Lupri, born December 28, 1961 in Hochheim/Main, Germany) to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970.
Matthias grew up mainly in rural Cochrane, Alberta Canada playing drums in rock, country and blues bands (including with Juno award country singer George Fox) and attended the jazz program at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1984-86. He studied drums and vibes with Gary deBoeck and piano with David Diver. A teacher told him to check out Gary Burton. He bought his Times Square album with Tiger Okoshi, Steve Swallow and Roy Haynes, and it totally changed his whole approach to music.
After years touring on the road with rock bands playing drums and practicing his vibes in hotel rooms, Matthias moved to Boston, USA in 1990 to attend Berklee College of Music and study jazz (1990-94) including vibraphone instruction with legendary vibe master Gary Burton and Ed Saindon.
Over the years Matthias has toured internationally playing the vibraphone leading his own groups with the likes of Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Antonio Sanchez, Rick Margitza, Jeff Ballard, Ian Froman, Barry Romberg, Greg Hutchinson, Reuben Rogers, George Garzone, etc at clubs and international jazz festivals such as Atlanta, Litchfield, Rochester, Jacksonville, Lake George, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Clearwater, Boston, Ottawa, etc.
Along with Matthias' busy tour schedule, he also currently works in the Percussion Department at Berklee College in Boston, and is married to Catharine Horn (Lupri).
Matthias uses Musser Vibraphones, Vic Firth Mallets, K&K Midi Vibe Pick-ups and Roland Jazz Chorus Amps.
Window Up Window Down (1998); Shadow of the Vibe (1999); Same Time Twice (2002); Transition Sonic (2004)
Dave Rovics: Shoulder to Shoulder (1994); Boston Jazz Anthology: Number One (1995); Dave Rovics: We Just want the World (1998)
Berklee College of Music 1990-94 footage of Shows at the Performance Center and Recital Halls, and Atlanta Jazz festival 2003.
Matthias Lupri Quartet CBC Live National Radio (1999,2002, 2003)
Matthias Lupri WBUR - NPR Radio (1999)
Matthias Lupri WGBH - Eric in the Evening (1999, 2002, 03, 04)
Matthias Lupri Chasin the Trane - interview (1998)
Matthias Lupri Group (Stripes) BET on Jazz (1997)
Matthias Lupri Quartet The Terry Christopher Show (1995)
Matthias was interviewed with live performance footage for a jazz documentary from the Toronto Jazz Festival in 2002, Jazz -A Day And Nite In Jazz, Ron Reid Jr. (lost world films).
Doris Duke Jazz Composition Grant 2004
Billboard Jazz writing winner 2003
Down Beat Critic's Poll Rising Star Award 2003, 2004
Matthias Lupri Quartet Top 40 GAVIN Jazz Charts 98-99
Matthias Lupri Quartet Top 15 CMJ Jazz Charts 98-99
Honorable Mention - All About Jazz Critic Choice Awards -1999
Up and Coming Vibraphonist - "Jazz for Dummies" 1999
Performance at MIXFest 99 - Foxboro Stadium - Headliner rock bands - Pretenders, Blondie, Natalie Merchant
Matthias Lupri has been in print in JazzTimes magazine January 2003,interview and profile by Bill Milkowski;
Boston Globe newspaper interview and profile for Regatta Bar Show, Steve Greenlee, October 18, 2002;
Jazziz magazine February 2000, profile by Neil Tesser;
Boston Globe newspaper On the Rise interview for Regatta Bar show, David Wildman, October 31, 1999.
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