Guy Strazz & Mark Johns (video)
Guy Strazz - classical & acoustic Mark Johns - classical & Uke
– perform an acoustic musical journey of light and shade through their original compositions, such as the APRA awarded Mandela and engaging arrangements showcasing the music of renowned jazz and Latin music composers such as Joseph Kosma, Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Harold Harlen, Consuelo Velázquez, George Gershwin.
"Brilliant performance Guy!, Congrats to you and Mark and thanks for bringing such great music to town! 26/6/22, Damian Wright Bandaluzia (concert organiser, The Base, Newcastle)
“If we travelled far enough, there are probably other guitarists as excellent as you two are, though even on an international scale they must be quite rare. But is there anywhere such a duo? two guitarists with so much mutual understanding? And where could one hear anything tighter than the unis verses in the Chick Corea works?” – Gosford Regional Art Gallery, 8 October 2022, Joe Wolf, University of NSW
Bio Guy Strazz – guitarist and composer
He has appeared as featured artist at many festivals around the world, such as Jazz Yatra (India), Clusone (Italy), Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and Global Guitar at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.
He has played with Vince Jones, Martin Taylor, Slava Grigoryan, Mike Stern, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Matt McMahon, Joe Chindamo, and Dale Barlow amongst 20many others.
Guy is a recipient of several awards, including a Jazz APRA (Australian Performing Rights Award), two Jazz APRA Nominations, an Australian Independent Recording (AIR) Jazz Nomination, a US Indie Acoustic Project runner-up for Best Global Beat Asia, and a recipient of an Australian Arts Council Music Fellowship. Beyond Great Guitars, Guy's ongoing collaborations include the Acoustic Wonderland Band, and percussionist David Jones. Guy’s improvisations are featured in Michael Dillon's Ocean to Sky, a film about Sir Edmund Hillary’s last journey to the Himalayas, which was awarded Best Australian Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.
"Amongst the most lyrical players in the land" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald “
"Guy is one of my favourite Indo-jazz guitarists” - Niranjan Jhaveri, Down Beat USA
“Guy is an amazing player and a great composer” - Mike Stern, ABC Radio National
Bio Mark Johns – guitarist and composer
Mark Johns is one of the world’s most renowned session guitarists and performers. Previously based in London for many years, he is the ultimate all round player, having recorded and toured with artists such as Jeff Beck, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Sting, Mariane Faithful, Julie Driscoll, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.
Mark is also a gifted and versatile composer, his music can be heard on TV series such as Absolutely Fabulous, Bottom, Monarch of the Glen and French and Saunders. Other television credits include Down to Earth, Coupling, The Ralph Little Show, The Johnny Vaughan Show, The Ben Elton Show, The Lenny Henry Show, Films include Gangsta No.1, Best and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
“A formidable player” What’s On (UK)
“Definitely one of the busiest guitar masters in the session world” Gear (UK)