Alex de Grassi (USA), Lukáš Martinek a Private Earthquake (CZ)

06. 10. 2010 07:30

The concert takes place within the 13th International Music Festival GUITAR ACROSS STYLES Malostranská beseda, Malostranské nám., Prague 1

Finger-picking, blues, jazz, rock
tickets: at the venue

Alex De Grassi (USA)

Though born in Yokosuka, Japan, De Grassi grew up in San Francisco, California, where his grandfather played violin for the San Francisco Symphony and his father was a classical pianist. Alex De Grassi learned to play trumpet but at age thirteen he discovered the guitar - the instrument for which he is now famous - and hasn't looked back. He has a degree in Economic Geography from University of California at Berkeley. Taught himself the guitar though has studied with noted teacher Bill Thrasher and jazz piano with Mark Levine and composition with William Mathieu. De Grassi's first album Turning: Turning Back was released by Windham Hill records in 1978. De Grassi also recorded under RCA/Novus, EarthBeat! Ans 33rd Street recordings. In addition, De Grassi started his own label Tropo Records which he now records under. He performs solo concerts worldwide, holds various guitar workshops and master classes throughout the year, and performs with the DeMania Trio, alongside bassist Michael Manring and percussionist Christopher Garcia. Fellow guitar players consider De Grassi to be among the most virtuosic living guitarists.

Lukáš Martinek (CZ)

Lukáš Martinek, son of well-known Czech blues-rock guitarist Jan Martinek (member of Žlutý pes and several other bands), grew up surrounded by music. He proved his talent in various rock and blues bands already as a teenager. He performed with the likes of Tonny Blues Band, Private Earthquake, Luboš Andršt Band, Ungelt All-Stars Blues Band, Bluesmen and currently accompanies the jazz singer Yvonne Sanchez. Lately, Lukáš Martinek has established himself as a studio engineer and record producer in various genres of music.

Private Earthquake (CZ)

Impressive musicianship, a precise dynamism and unstoppable flow of energy are the trademarks of Private Earthquake, a band combining classical blues and upbeat fusion. The threesome is led by the virtuoso guitarist Lukáš Martinek and is supported by a rhythm section. Roman Vícha is currently one of the most sought-after groove, pop and fusion drummers and the bass guitarist Václav Vávra is a talented pupil of Vladimír Guma Kulhánek.