Shaper Tour!

Shaper hits the road this week with shows in Minneapolis, Madison (YINS will be playing too), Milwaukee, Appleton, and Chicago! 

Shaper is a Minneapolis-based quartet that performs original music and collective improvisations. Having no one leader, alto saxist Will Fraser (Wild Firth), pianist Matt Blair (YINS, Collector), bassist Ryan Hays (Sister Species, Matra), and drummer Jack Lussenden (Good Trouble) explore dynamic interplay to create songs and sounds. 

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Shadow Sets Release!


Coming out of winter hibernation with some exciting news...I’m really happy to be releasing my first solo piano record, Shadow Sets. Last June I got to work with my hero Dave King who produced the album, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’m heading out on the road this month and will have cds for sale. Finalized tour dates and a Bandcamp page are coming soon! 

Thanks also to Huntley Miller for Mastering and Jason Orris and Rob Oesterlin for recording this record!

The record is available for purchase on CD or digital download from my bandcamp page. Hope you enjoy!


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Work Friends Tour!

November continues to be a very fun month. I'll be heading out on tour with a new group called Work Friends this coming weekend. We will be playing some shows around the midwest in support of our debut record, which will be out this Friday (Nov. 24). Here's a link to our bandcamp page where you can find a preview track from the new album:  

Hope to see you out there!

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Hello world! I'm very excited to announce a couple of gigs happening this week with the inimitable Devin Drobka! Check them out below: 

5/25 Crumbs Series
Devin and I will be trading solo sets and then playing duo.
Music starts at 8 pm
Var Gallery & Studios
643 S 2nd St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

5/28 LUaroo
Blair/Drobka Duo featured as one of the headliners for the LUaroo Music Festival.
Music starts at 2 pm
Main Stage
711 E Boldt Way
Appleton, Wisconsin


Upcoming Performances

I'm really looking forward to a nice run of performances this weekend:

Friday 4/28, 8 pm @ The Draw

Miles Allen Trio
Miles Allen - saxophone
Matt Blair - rhodes
Spencer Tweedy - drums

More Quartet
Miles Allen - saxophone
Matt Blair - rhodes
Jakob Heinemann - bass
Jerry Lemke-Rochon - drums

Saturday 4/29, 3 pm @ Harper Hall

Matt Blair Solo Piano

Sunday 4/30, 1 pm @ Harper Hall

Jerry Lemke-Rochon Quartet
Sam Pratt - saxophone
Matt Blair - piano
Jakob Heinemann - bass
Jerry Lemke-Rochon - drums

Poster by Ross Potter

Poster by Ross Potter

New Photos! New Website!

Hello world! I'm super excited to finally get my website up and running! Please come in and take a look around. I have some exciting shows coming up this spring so hop on over to the upcoming events page and check it out. I would also like to give an extra shout out to Mariah Griffin for doing such an amazing job with all of the photos you see on the website. If you need photos for anything check out Mariah's Instagram account and get in touch with her there. Hope you all are doing well and happy spring!