“Living the Dream” is the second chapter of FAT – next-generation guitar modernist Alex Machacek’sFabulous Austrian Trio, featuring bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker. With the sensitive touch of a jazz guitarist, the intervallic ingenuity and harmonic density of a post-serialist composer, and a seemingly endless capacity for improvisational empathy, Machecek has been turning heads on his own and when performing alongside such iconic musical forces as Terry Bozzio, Jeff Sipe, and Gary Husband. No less than John McLaughlin remarked that “Machacek’s music starts where other music ends.”
Born in Austria – native nation of Haydn, Strauss, Webern, and Schoenberg – Machacek revels in the company of his countrymen throughout “Living the Dream”. In Preuschl and Pirker, Machacek has cultivated a trio of boundless resourcefulness, with the technical capacity to support and enrich his ecstatic flights and the depth and taste to keep the potentially demanding music emotionally grounded. Machacek’s deft hand as a producer further elevates the trio’s captivating dynamic with cunning electronic touches and subtle overdubs. Across a program of eleven original compositions (four by Preuschl, the rest Machacek’s), “Living the Dream” is a compelling document of a remarkable new ensemble as they fearless probe the boundaries of a post-fusion universe.
Format: CD Cat No.: ABLX 051 Barcode: 700261429649
Alex Machacek (Guitar), Raphael Preuschl (Bass) and Herbert Pirker (Drums).
01. Disco Hits 02. Hippedie Hop 03. Bye Bye 04. Argonaut 05. Flexibility 06. Quinte Et Sens 07. Aux Delices De Tunis 08. L’Appel De La Mer 09. La Linea 10. Repeat After Me 11. Oh Lard
Recorded in Los Angeles by Alex Machacek Mixed by Alex Machacek and Joerg Mayr Mastered by Joerg Mayr Executive Producer: Souvik Dutta Produced by Alex Machacek
"While he's been living in Los Angeles for many years, Alex Machacek clearly values longterm musical relationships. While the majority of his recordings for the Raleigh, NC-based Abstract Logix imprint have seen the Austrian-born guitarist working with the likes of Jeff Sipe, Matthew Garrison, Neal Fountain and Gary Husband, his 2005 label debut, [sic], was notable—beyond its stunning compositions and mind-boggling post-Allan Holdsworth-ian guitar gymnastics—for the participation, on most tracks, of two fellow Austrians: bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker (with Machacek's wife, Sumitra Nanjundan contributing vocals to the attention-grabbing, autobiographical "Indian Girl (Meets Austrian Boy)"). "