GUY STRAZZ TRIO
Guy Strazz Trio with Matt McMahon (piano) and Craig Scott (bass) was formed in 2017. This collaboration builds on previous work between Guy and pianist Matt McMahon with their CD “2@1” (Birdland), which was nominated for ‘Best jazz album of the year’ at the Australian Independent Recording Awards in Melbourne, 2009. The new original works continue a synthesis of Afro-Brazilian music, jazz, and Indian music; an approach previously established on the CDs Calcutta Express (Indie Acoustic Project USA in 2006 nomination), and Eastern Blues (Rufus) – but there are also simplified harmonies leaning towards Folk music in new tunes such as Taj Mahal, Katak Blues and Darda Funk. Miles Davis’s All Blues is also given a reworking through Indian melodic elements.
Guy is a recipient of the Australia Council Music Fellowship, a Jazz APRA, and multiple album nominations, is a recognised jazz guitar virtuoso, innovative composer, and educator. Since receiving the National Jazz Piano Award, and the Freedman Fellowship, Matt McMahon has become a main force in Australian jazz – he teaches at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and legendary double bass player Craig Scott was Director of the Jazz Department at Sydney Conservatorium of Music until 2017.
Together they have collaborated with a host of national and international musicians such as Vince Jones, Dale Barlow, Sandy Evans, Warwick Alder, Joe Henderson, Red Rodney, George Cables, Roger Frampton, Phil Slater, and Mike Stern. They have performed at the Basement (Sydney), Bennetts Lane (Melbourne), Jazz Yatra (India), Jakarta Jazz, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals, Clusone and Ascona Jazz Festivals (Italy), Japan World Expo, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz Festival and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.
“There are tingling trademark Strazz unison runs on Silk Road and a typically limpid McMahon melody on Odysseus. It is easy for piano and guitar to trip over each other harmonically, but these two sing from the same hymn book”. John Shand SMH, 2@1 Birdland/Creative Vibes 4/5 stars.
Listen to Silk Road
“It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a recording of piano and guitar duo by Australian jazz performers, especially such talented players as Sydney pianist Matt McMahon and guitarist Guy Strazz. Style and genre have been sidelined in favour of musical interaction and influences as diverse as Africa, India, Brazil and the Middle East in what is a delicate and rarified atmosphere”. John McBeath, The Australian 2@1 Birdland/Creative Vibes 4/5 stars
Listen to Steps
TOUR TECH SPECS/REQUIREMENTS
1 x tuned grand piano such as Kawai or Yamaha.
1 x AER Compact 60 acoustic guitar amp
1 x Fender Twin guitar amp
3 x fold-back wedges
1 x chair without armrest