Anthony MazzelaAnthony Mazzella is an innovative guitar virtuoso and master musician. BILLBOARD magazine describes him as "the new generation of guitar hero" and GUITAR ONE magazine voted him "one of the top ten guitarists in the country". He is an established presence in the genre of instrumental world music and has exciting new projects on the horizon.
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Anthony began his career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan. He then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and has since gone on to perform on stages all over the world. He has opened for headlining artists such as James Brown, Tower of Power, The Commodores, and Spyro Gyra. His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, funk, R&B, celtic, ambient, medieval, middle-eastern, native american, electric and acoustic fingerstyle. Anthony also plays a one-of-a-kind Ten String Guitar that he designed and was built by his father. On this unique instrument, Anthony displays his abilities in fingering bass lines and chords with his left hand while simultaneously playing melodies on the fret board with his right.
Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Anthony attributes the greater part of his education to ear training.
His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Pat Metheny, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Hedges, Andres Segovia and countless others. Anthony is also one of the few chosen understudies of world-renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan. Anthony continues his studies by exploring the music from cultures all over the world and collaborating with musicians indigenous to those regions.