Bio

Guy Strazz 

Guy Strazz in actionBorn in 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 luminaries in jazz and World music fusion, including: Roger Frampton, Matt McMahon, Dale Barlow, Don Burrows, Sandy Evans, guitarists Slava Grigoryan, Mike Stern, Martin Taylor, and George Golla, singer Vince Jones, Andy Gander, Steve Hunter, David Jones, Miroslav Bukowski, indigenous didgeridoo players Mark Atkins and Matt Doyle, Japanese flute master Riley Lee, Italian bassist Furio Di Castri, Indonesian pianist Dwiki Darmawan, and Krakatau.

Guy has studied with legendary American jazz guitarist Pat Martino, and has also engaged in Indo-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 APRA Nominations. Other awards include a PhD Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship and a UNICEF Thank You certificate 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 Australia). His current creative music collaborations are with singer/guitarist Anna Salleh, and Guy Strazz Trio. 

Formal Studies/Research

Creative Music PhD (Macquarie University) – dissertation explored and challenged the perception, and function of improvisation in the context of performance and composition. Creative components: 1) Works exploring jazz-blues and Indian classical music aesthetics – Eastern Blues (Rufus 2012). 2) Silk Road double concerto for piano, guitar, and mixed contemporary ensemble listen to M2.

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

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.