Bio: David “Fuze” Fiuczynski

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The following bio is provided by David Fiuczynski. You can watch the Guitarkadia Session with David here.

David “FuZe” Fiuczynski – Guitar

Born in the US, FuZe grew up in Germany where he was always interested in mixing and “fuzing” different music elements. Studying at New England Conservatory in the 3rd Stream Dept only furthered this interest. The 3rd Stream department, founded by Gunther Schuller, is an experimental improvisation and composition concept with an emphasis on ear training.  At NEC Fiuczynski met John Medeski with whom he’d go on to record the critically acclaimed Lunar Crush CD (Gramavision/RykoDisc), often described as a funky version of “Tony Williams Lifetime, in which Cecil Taylor has smuggled himself behind the keyboards”.

While at NEC, FuZe studied and/or performed with Dave Holland, George Russell, Bob Moses, Ran Blake but equally important was the New York school of hard knocks with MeShell Ndegeocello, Bernie Worrell, Billy Hart, Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Black Rock Coalition. This is where Fiuczynski’s signature underground cult band the Screaming Headless Torsos came into being (1995 Discovery/Warner): “A unique mix of Jazz, R&B, Fusion & Rock. A song oriented band that gave the rhythm section free reign instead strangling them like on the radio”.

Fiuczynski was always interested in Arabic, Turkish, Indian and East Asian music and eventually started “KiF” (and KiF Express on FuzeLicious Morsels 2003 and 2008). “This concept started on a gig in Morocco in 1992. The Moroccan players noted that Hendrix visited the country and this gave me an idea – hard grooves with eastern inflected melodies putting the listener into a very colorful trance, could this be the music that Jimi would play today?” KiF celebrates a living Hendrix who’s kickin it in Marrakesh and, on weekends, rocks the Casbah!

Returning to NEC, FuZe received a master’s degree (2008) studying microtonality with Joe Maneri, Indian melodic concepts with sitarist Peter Row, Turkish melodic concepts with Bob Labaree and music of the Chinese ghuzeng (Chinese zither) with Shin Yi Yang.  “Much of my musical inspiration comes from non-musical sources: paintings and East Asian and Arabic calligraphy and architecture. I love the colors of Matisse, Van Gogh, Gauguin, the Fauvists and German expressionists, the jagged explosions of Peter Voulkos’ pottery and the delicate restraint of Taoist poetry. I also really admire musicians with a unique and fiery sound like Eric Dolphy, Nina Hagen, Don Pullen and now Rudresh Mahanthappa!”

Fiuczynski has recorded, toured and/or performed with Jack DeJohnette, Stewart Copeland, Vernon Reid, Cindy Blackman, John Zorn, Dennis Chambers, Hiromi, Kenny Garrett, Hasidic New Wave and many more.  He has performed and/or headlined at major festivals in the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Taiwan, Russia, South Africa and the Philippines, and appeared on TV shows like Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall and Top of the Pops in London, live radio broadcasts for the BBC and NPR’s Toast of the Nation. He has release 9 CDs of his own and has played on over 100 CDs.

FuZe is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches Berklee’s first ever microtonal groove Institute with his Planet MicroJamz® concept. This is based on a mix of western classical and non-western microtonal modes and harmonies over all the phat beatz you always wanted to hear! Planet MicroJam (Rarenoise) will be released June 2012.


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