Alex Machacek (born 1 July 1972, Tulln an der Donau, Austria)[1] is an Austrian jazz fusion guitarist.

Alex Machacek
Background information
Born (1972-07-01) 1 July 1972 (age 51)
Tulln an der Donau, Austria
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, experimental
Years active1990s–present
LabelsAbstract Logix

Early years edit

Machacek was born to a Czech family in Tulln, Austria. His family had moved to Austria in the 1960s as refugees. Since then, they have adopted Austria as their nation. He started playing the guitar at the age of eight by taking classical guitar lessons for six years at a music school in Vienna.

Machacek's early influences were heavy metal musicians and bands such as Iron Maiden, KISS, Deep Purple and Queen. However, in the mid-1980s, he was attracted to the music of Mike Stern, John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. He stated that he is influenced by all the music that he liked, including heavy metal and hard rock.[1]

Music career edit

Machacek studied jazz guitar and jazz education at the Conservatory of Vienna, Austria. He took classical lessons in percussion. After that, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for two semesters. He won the European guitar competition Guitar Newcomer 98.[1]

His first album, Featuring Ourselves, was released in 1999. He then met his idol, drummer Terry Bozzio. They collaborated on Delete and Roll as the band BPM. The album had elements of avant garde jazz, jazz fusion, and progressive rock. Music critics compared the music to the complex rhythms of Frank Zappa and the atmospheric guitar synth backdrops of ECM albums. The albums contain many legato guitar solos.[2]

[Sic] was released in 2005.[3][4][5][6] His wife Sumitra Nanjundan sings on "Indian Girl".

Machacek has toured as the Fabulous Austrian Trio (FAT) with bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker. They have collaborated with Mario Lackner.[7] In 2007, he was a founding member of UKZ with Eddie Jobson and Trey Gunn. He has also played in Planet X, which toured in Greece and Armenia in November 2008, and with the Virgil Donati Band. Machacek has taught at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Machacek played with Brand X on the Cruise to the Edge 2019. Machacek is currently the substitute guitarist for John Goodsall of Brand X for all tours outside of the US. Machacek occasionally plays with the fusion band CAB led by bassist Bunny Brunel & Scott Kinsey former keyboardist from the fusion band Tribal Tech.

Personal life edit

In 2005 Machacek married Sumitra Nanjundan, an Indian American, after having worked with her for eight years. He produced her solo album Indian Girl. He visited India in 2005 to perform as part of an annual jazz festival.[7]

Praise for Alex Machacek edit

He has been praised by John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, and Shawn Lane for his innovative style and the ease with which he shifts from legato to staccato.[7] McLaughlin said, "Alex Machacek's music starts where other music ends".[8]

Discography edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c DiPietro, Phil. "Skipping a BPM with Austria's Alexander Machacek--the Next Generation of Guitar Player". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 27 November 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2006.
  2. ^ "Eclectic Earwig Review". Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-24.
  3. ^ Patterson, John W. "Featuring Ourselves". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2005-10-28. Retrieved 2006-10-24.
  4. ^ Koch, Helmut. "Delete And Roll". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2006-10-24.
  5. ^ Murray, Rich. "Review: Alex Machacek - [SIC]". Guitar Channel. Retrieved 2006-10-24.
  6. ^ Murray, Rich. "Exclusive interview with Alex Machacek". Guitar Channel. Retrieved 2006-10-24.
  7. ^ a b c "Alex Machacek-The Next John McLaughlin" in Rave Magazine Issue 45, Oct 2006
  8. ^ Milkowskii, Bill. "Alex Machacek". Archived from the original on 19 October 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006.

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