David Fiuczynski's Micro Jam

Thursday / December 2, 2010 / 11:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

Faculty member David Fiuczynski will demonstrate his "Planet MicroJam" concept. New musical ideas are on the horizon at the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, and Eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts. The aim is to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements.

Iconoclastic and prolific guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, a jazz player who "doesn't want to play just jazz," has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. In 1994 Fiuczynski, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark album, Lunar Crush, which was chosen by Guitar Player's 30th anniversary edition as a Disc of Destiny. A funky, freaky party, Lunar Crush was a wild 90's tribute to Tony Williams's groundbreaking early fusion band Lifetime.

Fiuczynski's recent music has been described as a fresh palette of otherworldly sounds, melding traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe with Fuze's signature brand of highly funky jams. Ranging from rocked-out madness to drum 'n' bass, go-go to plaintive meditations, the wild guitar palette moves from high energy extravaganzas to moving, emotional ballads.

Fiuczynski leads the underground cult band Screaming Headless Torsos and has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Stewart Copeland (the Police), Hasidic New Wave, Hiromi, Meshell Ndegeocello, Vernon Reid, John Zorn, and many more.