Passionfruit artists’ bio

GUY STRAZZ  – 8-string guitar vina, classical guitar, sampling, composer

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Guy Strazz is an acknowledged master guitarist, improviser and awarded composer. His work navigates Latin music, Indian classical music, Jazz and Western classical music. He has appeared as featured artist at Jazz Yatra (Mumbai), Jakarta Jazz, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals, Clusone Jazz Festival (Italy), Japan World Expo, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz festivals and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

He has worked with luminaries such as Matt McMahon, Sandy Evans and Dale Barlow. Indian musicians Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Pt. Ashok Roy, guitarists Martin Taylor, Slava Grigoryan and Mike Stern. Guy is a recipient of several awards, including a Jazz APRA, two APRA Nominations, an Australian Independent Recording Jazz Nomination (AIR 2008), an Indie Acoustic Project nomination Best Global Beat Asia (USA 2006), and the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship.  (see AWARDS)



Guy is one of my favourite Indo-jazz guitarists Niranjan Jhaveri (Jazz India and Down Beat USA).   
 Guy Strazz (with Ross Edwards), one of those musicians who hear and accommodate everything that flows to them from  other performers, is able to emulate the rising intensity of sitar-like improvisations –  Sydney Opera House, Roger Covell (Sydney Morning Herald).                             
 “Strazz takes to the classical guitar and the virtuosity is dazzling Leon Gettler (The Melbourne Age).



KEITH MANNING – tabla & world percussion

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Keith received a study grant by the Australia Council and Sydney University to study in Mumbai with Pandit Nikhil Gosh, one of India’s most renowned tabla artists; he was his disciple for 15 years.   Keith plays a cornucopia of other percussion instruments including Udu, handpan, waterphone, clay drums, Latin percussion, bamboo flutes, shakers, bells and jaw harp. His main collaborations have been with sitarist Alan Posselt, Indian classical musicians such as Pandit Ashok Roy and Kumari Amarjeet. His East-West fusion collaborations include Kanguru, guitarists Roger Pell, Dev Gopalasamy and Australian Creole (with Guy Strazzullo).



MICHEL LATUMAELISSA –  electric bass

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Michel is an Amsterdam-born of Moluccas ethnicity self taught bassist, though, he has studied improvisation with the legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton at Berkley College. A relatively latecomer to music performance, Michel has played with musicians/bands such as Afro Moses and John Prior. More recently, he had a few lessons with Guy Strazz who was so impressed by his musicality and skill that he asked him to join Passionfruit Trio.