Alex Machacek Interview & Note
Alex Machacek is an Austrian born jazz fusion guitarist who has been based in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. He’s been described as the next John McLaughlin, which, given his musical abilities is not an unreasonable assertion, but he is not the next anyone, he’s an artist with his own voice and vision.
The blistering speed of his playing is matched by a commitment to serve the music. His music is varied, at times tender, emotive and reflective, at times playful, and occasionally angular and harsh. His approach is unorthodox and creative.
This hour long interview touches upon his training, development, influences and approach, with samples from his latest recording, FAT (short for Fabulous Austrian Trio.)
Debashish Bhattacharya is the Indian Slide Guitar Master we spoke of during the interview
Charlie Mariano, above, in 1998 at age 75 playing a song from his album Bangalore.
Terry Bozzio is the “Terry” Alex mentioned in relation to drummers
Austrian classical icon Friedrich Gulda with Austrian jazz icon Joe Zawinul