BackStory Events and Guitar World present Alex Skolnick Interview, Trio Performance and Birthday Bash
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
BackStory Events and Guitar World Presents Alex Skolnick
Join us for an energetic evening of talk, music, and celebration as we sit down to chat with famed multi-genre guitarist Alex Skolnick.
We’ll dig into some behind the scenes stories about the Alex Skolnick Trio’s latest jazz album, Conundrum, plus stories from the road with Testament. It’s Alex’s birthday, too, so we’ll help him celebrate in style. The Alex Skolnick Trio will perform a full set following the interview. Includes interview, audience Q&A and Trio performance.
Conundrum (Sept 14 / Palmetto/MRI), the title of the Alex Skolnick Trio’s new album, should be a no-brainer. “It represents the sense of confusion many of us are feeling in the midst of the strangest sociopolitical upheavals of our lifetimes,” says Skolnick, the guitarist and composer who helped define thrash metal as a founding member of Testament, before establishing himself on the international jazz scene. “This album captures many styles in an effort to channel that angst into art and inspire others to do likewise.”
Ironically, given its globally pertinent message, Conundrum is in many ways Skolnick’s most intimate record yet. It is the trio’s first new studio album since 2011’s Veritas, and it features original music almost exclusively, with six compositions by Skolnick, one apiece by bassist Nathan Peck and drummer Matt Zebroski, and a gorgeous interpretation of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1.”
Born in 1968 and raised in the Bay Area, Skolnick was still a teenager when he made heavy-metal history on Testament’s essential debut, The Legacy. The band remained a major touring act in heavy music. Most recently Testament has been hitting arenas and amphitheaters as part of Slayer’s blockbuster “Final World Tour.”
Skolnick immersed himself in jazz at Manhattan’s venerable New School. It was there that he dug even deeper into recordings by Miles, Trane, Wes, Jim Hall, Scofield, Metheny and more; studied with jazz greats like saxophonist George Garzone and bassist Reggie Workman; and formed his trio, which debuted on record in 2002 with Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation.
And while Testament continues to thrive, it’s the trio and its repertoire that Skolnick can see growing old with. “These days I still love playing screaming, loud guitar and heavy metal, though I don’t think I’m going to be one of these guys who’s past social-security age and in a rock band and touring,” he says. “But I can see myself doing these songs with the trio for many years to come.”
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