Patrick Mottaz, jazz guitarist from Switzerland, currently resides in the Boston area. With an active interest in a variety of musical idioms, his aptitude for fusing or creating hybrid styles makes for a truly unique performance. Mottaz actively performs with a variety of talents including The Marlene Jazz Trio, and Marlene’s original pop band. He is also the co-leader, composer, and arranger of the Philippe Crettien jazz quartet.
Mottaz both recorded as a studio musician and performed extensively throughout Switzerland in live concerts and radio broadcasts, and on music videos and television. In 1989, he was invited to join the esteemed music faculty of the École de Jazz et de Musique Actuelle (Switzerland) where he taught applied studies in guitar performance. In 1990, he immigrated to the US, and in 1993, he received his Diploma in Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from Berklee College of Music. He studied subsequently with Jerry Bergonzi.
Mottaz has appeared on numerous recordings, including “Twoubadou Sèk” by Haitian artist Gifrantz in 2001 , “Crying Days” by pop and jazz singer Marlene Del Rosario in 2003, and “ Relatively Out There” in 2004 by the jazz quartet MCFC. He has performed with numerous musicians such as Matthew Garrison, Steve Hunt, Lance Bryant and Greg Hopkins.
Mottaz is also an educator and music consultant at various schools of music in the Boston and Greater Boston areas. He is currently a faculty member of The Rivers School, where he teaches guitar, music theory, and coaches ensembles.