Bio

Guy Strazz 

Guy Strazz in actionFrom a musical family, Guy receives his early musical training from his mother and studies jazz with Ezio Serravalli (Turin Conservatorium) and George Adie (Royal Academy of Music).

One of the most recorded jazz guitarist in Australia between 1992-2008 with albums on labels such as ABC jazz, Tall Poppies, Underscore and Rufus. Guy has performed with an impressive list of Australian jazz & beyond luminaries, including: Roger Frampton, Matt McMahon, Dale Barlow, Joe Chindamo, Don Burrows, Sandy Evans, Vince Jones, Andy Gander, Lloyd Swanton, Steve Hunter, David Jones, Kevin Hunt, Miroslav Bukowski, didgeridoo masters Mark Atkins, and Matt Doyle and Japanese flute master Riley Lee. His international collaborations include pianist Dwiki Darmawan, Krakatau, jazz guitarist Mike Stern, Martin Taylor and George Golla, as well as bassist Furio Di Castri, and classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan.

Guy has studied and played with American masters Pat Martino, Mile Stern, and Charlie Banacos, and has also engaged in Indian-Jazz fusion since the early 90s, working with the late Pandit Ashok Roy, Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Sandip Chatterjee (Calcutta Express).

He is a recipient of an Australian Independent Recording Jazz Nomination (AIR 2008), an Indie Acoustic Project Runner Up (USA 2006). Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship, a Jazz APRA Award and two Nominations. Other awards include a PhD Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship and a UNICEF award for humanitarian work.

Guy has performed at major festivals and venues around the world and has released 10 albums as a leader featuring his compositions (Universal Music Publishing). His other passion has been music education for the past 30 years. He is currently performing with his Eastern Blues Quartet, Anna Salleh, and Dorian Mode/Toby Hall Hammond Organ Trio

Academic information 

PhD (Macquarie) – creative thesis explored and challenged the perception, and function of improvisation between performance and composition. Creative component: 1) Works exploring jazz-blues and Indian classical music aesthetics – Eastern Blues (Rufus 2012). 2) Silk Road – a 3-movement double concerto for piano, guitar, and mixed contemporary ensemble listen to M2.

M.Arts (UWS) (by research) Intercultural improvisation and composition.

Guy studied classical guitar with John Della Torre and Greg Pickler; improvisation in the US with the legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino and theoretician Charlie Banacos. He had lessons in Indian classical music with the late Pandit Ashok Roy (disciple of Ali Akbar Khan).

He is currently Head of Guitar at the Central Coast Conservatorium and senior lecturer in ethnomusicology and composition at Avondale College. He is currently putting the finishing touches to Modern Guitar Workbook a 260-page volume for guitar.