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Fiuczynski, David "Fuze"

Fiuczynski, David "Fuze", guitarist and bandleader; b. Newark, NJ, 5 March 1964. He grew up in Somerset, NJ through age 8 and then moved to Neuss (later Moenchengladbach), Germany until he was 19. He returned to the U. S. for college, and was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in 1989.  He lives with his wife, vocalist and graphic artist Lian Amber in the New York City area.

In October 1998, David was nominated for an Alpert/Cal Arts "Genius" Award for outstanding musical achievement. For the past thirteen years, David has been bandleader and primary writer for the highly acclaimed group Screaming Headless Torsos, who have toured worldwide. David has two other current solo projects: Kif, an Arabeo-funk-jazz group, and Black Cherry Acid Lab, which is a mixture of funk-rock, rap and punk. In addition to being a prolific songwriter and bandleader, Fuze has appeared on over 60 albums by other artists, and has toured extensively with many of them.

With his own and other groups, David has been featured at many of the world's major jazz festivals, including Montreaux, North Sea, Umbria Jazz, Pori, Tampere, Banlieues Bleues, Nice, Skopje, Edinburgh, Wien Jazz, Saalfelden, Along Came Jazz in Tivoli, Italy, Jazz a Vienne, Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, Toronto, JVC Jazz New York, New York Jazz Festival, and Newport Jazz.

Fuze has been twice chosen by Guitar Player magazine as an important guitarist to watch.  He has also been enthusiastically featured and/or reviewed by Musician, GuitarShop, Guitar World, Guitar Magazine, Guitar (Japan), Vibe, Pulse, Interview, DownBeat, Jazz Times, JazzIz, Billboard, Audio, Audio Files, Rytmi (Finland), Octopus (France), Keyboard, CD Review, Modern Drummer, Jazzthetik (Germany), "Q" Magazine (England), The New Review of Records, College Music Journal, The New York Times, the Village Voice and numerous other publications worldwide.

David has performed, toured and/or recorded with, among others, the following artists: Screaming Headless Torsos with Dean Bowman, Fima Ephron, Daniel Sadownick,  Gene Lake, Jojo Mayer, John Medeski, Marque Gilmore, David Gilmore, Sophia Ramos, Rodney Holmes, Reggie Washington, Gene Jackson, Muzz Skillings, Marlon Browden, Norbert Marius, Adrian Harpham, Lunar Crush with John Medeski, Kif with Rufus Cappadocia and Zach Danziger, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Billy Hart Group, Bernie Worrell, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Mark Shim, Geri Allen, Cindy Blackman and Santi DeBriano, Vernon Reid, Five Guitars Play Mingus featuring Larry Coryell, Russell Malone, Jack Wilkins, and Vic Juris, Hasidic New Wave
Lian Amber, Chartbusters with Randy Brecker, Craig Handy, Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammed, and Lenny White, John Zorn, Ralph Petersen, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Rise Robots Rise, Bob Moses, Muhal Richard Abrams, Don Pullen, Jack Walrath, Lonnie Smith, Greg Osby, Matt Garrison, Elliott Sharp, Joshua Redman, George Russell's Living Time Orchestra and Adam Holtzman

Recordings (partial listing):
JazzPunk (1999); Screaming Headless Torsos: Torsos (1995) Live! (1996); David Fiuczynski/John Medeski: Lunar Crush (1994); David Fiuczynski's Black Cherry Acid Lab (1999); Me'Shell NdegeOcello: Plantation Lullabies (1993), Peace Beyond Passion (1996) Batman and Robin Soundtrack (1998); Mark Shim: Mind Over Matter (1998); Hasidic New Wave: Jews and the Abstract Truth (1997), Psycho Semitic (1998); Billy Hart: Oceans of Time (1996), Arabesque (1998); Vic Stevens' Mistaken Identities: No Curb Ahead (1998); Bop City: Hip Strut (1996); Chartbusters: Vol. I (1995), Mating Call (1996); Various Artists: New York Funk (1993), Free Funk (1995); Alternate Currents (1995), Come Together? A Guitar Tribute to the Beatles (1995), Jazz, Funk and Composers of Distinction (1995); Black Rock Coalition: Blacker Than That (1993); George Russell's Living Time Orchestra: The London Concert (1989); Ronald Shannon Jackson: Raven Rock (1992); Bob Moses: Mozamba  (1987); Charles and Eddie: Duophonic (1992), Chocolate Milk  (1995); Michael Gibbs Orchestra: Big Music (1993); Maggie's Dream (1990); Jazz Passengers: Live at the Knitting Factory (1991); Jack Walrath: Serious Hang (1994), HipGnosis  (1995); Santi DeBriano and Cindy Blackman: Trio Two  (1990); Santi DeBriano: Soldiers of Fortune  (1989); Scritti Polliti (1999); The Mandala Octet: The Last Elephant (1993); Freak Power: Drive Thru Booty (1994); Timoria: Eta Beta (1997); Muhal Richard Abrams: Blu Blu Blu (1991)

Bibliography:
Ken Micallef: Hearsay. David Fiuczynski & John Medeski, in: Jazz Times (Aug.1994)
J. Eipasch: David Fiuczynski. Funky Grooves und abstrakte Parameter, in: Jazz Thing, #5 (Sep/Oct.1994)
Howard Mandel: John Medeski & David Fiuczynski, in: Down Beat (Oct.1994)

Contact information::
http://www.torsos.com
Lian Amber & David Fiuczynski
lian@torsos.com
fuze@torsos.com
172 Fifth Ave. Studio 89
Brooklyn NY 11217
(718) 624-8401 phone
(718) 222-4773 fax

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