Gerald Gradwohl


Oct 15, 2009    l   By Ablx Staff

Austrian Axeman

With no doubt Gerald Gradwohl is one of the hippest musicians in the Austrian studio and live scene.

Growing up with Rock and Hardrock Music, he changed his style when he began to study guitar at the Conservatory Vienna,where he obtained first-class honours.

Not only Austrian Stars from Rock to Jazz (Juci, Iris Camaa, Sandra Pires, Andi Borg, Viktor Gernot, Hallucination Company, etc..)hire him for studio or live Gigs-but also international Greats like the famous several time grammy-nominated pioneers of instrumental music TANGERINE DREAM enjoy his guitar work extraordinaire.

You can listen to his work with Tangerine Dream on the recordsTyranny of Beautyand Goblin's Club-both chartbreakers on the international instrumental charts.
Besides these sideman jobs he teaches Jazz and electric guitar at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory Eisenstadt/Austria, and records and produces with his own Fusion Trio.

1996 Gerald produced a live record with his band THREEO featuring the great BOB BERG(Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Mike Stern....) on tenor sax.
This CD-a real dynamic and virtuoso record- was recorded during a European Tour 1996 and became best Jazz album 1998 in Austria.
With THREEO G.Gradwohl played Festivals and Clubs all over the world(Montreal, London, Wiesen ,Leverkusen,....).
2000 GG received an award from the Austrian Government concerning his works in instrumental music.

2001 he founded a project named the powergrade which featured his funky guitar playing and contained rock and technobeats as well-the Cd was released in June 2001 and got great international critics!
2002 he played one of the most important Jazzfestivals in Europe(Jazzfest Wiesen) with this project and toured through Austria and Germany.

In November 2002 G.G. records in Santa Fe/USA with some of his favourite musicians : Bob Berg, Gary Willis and Kirk Covington -release in Fall 2003 on Universal Music! With this record he established himself in the international Jazz and Fusion scene .

The critics were overwhelming and a tour through Austria, Jazzfestival Wiesen with Kirk Covington(Tribal Tech) on drums was following in in 2003 and 2004.

Mexico Tour in 2005 with the Peter Natterer Quartett.

Back on stage with TANGERINE DREAM in 2006!

GG is featured on the 2006 Tangerine Dream Live DVD –Live at Tempodrom and „Orange Odyssey“(2007).

Geralds recent CD „Tritone Barrier“ was released on ESC Records in May 2007!
The record features his new dynamic and electrifying Trio(JoJo Lackner-bs, F. Al-Shami dr) , but contains also great guest appearances by Scott Henderson, Kirk Covington, Hubert Tubbs and Frank Itt.

The GG Trio did a lot of touring in 2007 and 2008, including a Germany Tour and two trips to Romania(one for the legendary Stufstock Festival 2008).

„If ZZ Top played fusion music, this is what it would sound like. This is jazz-rock boogie of the highest order. No wine drinking for fans of this trio. It's all about the beer.“(aus www.jazz.com)

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