David Fiuczynski
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Iconoclastic and prolific jazz-rock guitarist David 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, a jazz player who “doesn't want to play just jazz,” has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver with music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating. An innovative musician who has released nine CDs and a double live DVD, Fuze is best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos. In 1994 David—in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood—woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark CD, "Lunar Crush," which was chosen by Guitar Player's 30th Anniversary Edition as a “Disc of Destiny.” It was, in Guitar Player's estimation, one of the most influential albums of the last thirty years.

In 1995 Fuze released another influential album as bandleader and primary writer with his long-time group Screaming Headless Torsos titled “1995”, for Warner/Discovery Records. In 2001 David bought back the rights to the first two Screaming Headless Torsos CDs, “Live!!” and “1995” and released them on his own label, FuzeLicious Morsels. “JazzPunk” (1999) was the first CD released on the new label, to great critical acclaim, followed by “Amandala” (2000) and “Black Cherry Acid Lab" (2003).

In addition to being a prolific writer, arranger and bandleader, David has recorded and performed with some of the highest profile jazz artists working today. Fuze has appeared on over 95 albums by other artists and toured extensively with many of them.

Fuze is a full time faculty professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. David has developed his own teaching concept based on chord scale theory in jazz and especially non-jazz contexts. His emphasis is on improvised techniques and expanding creativity. In recognition of his unique artistry as an instrumentalist, writer and arranger, David is a past nominee for the Herb Alpert/Cal Arts "Genius" Award for outstanding musical achievement.

David was born in the United States and raised in Germany. He returned to the US 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, near Northampton, Massachusetts.

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