Alex De Grassi

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Alex de Grassi
Born (1952-02-13) February 13, 1952 (age 69)
Yokosuka, Japan
GenresNew Age
Years active1976–present
LabelsWindham Hill, Novus, Tropo, Lifescapes, 33rd Street

Alex de Grassi (born February 13, 1952) is an American fingerstyle guitarist.[1] Tom Wheeler wrote in Guitar Player magazine that his technique is "the kind that shoves fellow pickers to the cliff of decision: should I practice like a madman or chuck it altogether?"[2] De Grassi was invited by his cousin William Ackerman to join the Windham Hill label and became one of the label's best sellers.[3]


De Grassi uses various guitars. Currently his primary touring/recording guitars are a custom Lowden F35c maple with a European spruce top and a custom Traugott R model Brazilian Rosewood with German spruce top. Other favorites are a custom Carlson sympitar (twelve sympathetic strings) maple with spruce top and a custom McCollum baritone (28" scale) paduk with Italian spruce top.


  • Turning: Turning Back, (Windham Hill, 1978)
  • Slow Circle, (Windham Hill, 1979)
  • Clockwork, (Windham Hill, 1981)
  • Southern Exposure, (Windham Hill, 1983)
  • Altiplano, (RCA/Novus, 1987)
  • Deep at Night, (Windham Hill, 1991)
  • A Windham Hill Retrospective, (Windham Hill, 1992; Valley Entertainment reissue, 2010)
  • The World's Getting Loud, (Windham Hill, 1993)
  • Beyond the Night Sky: Lullabies for Guitar, (EarthBeat, 1996)
  • Alex de Grassi's Interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel, (Northsound, 1997)
  • Alex de Grassi's Interpretation of James Taylor, (NorthSound, 1998)
  • The Water Garden, (Tropo, 1998)
  • Bolivian Blues Bar, (Narada, 1999)
  • Tatamonk with Quique Cruz, (Tropo, 2000)
  • Shortwave Postcard with G.E. Stinson, (Auditorium, 2001)[4]
  • Now & Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century, (33rd Street, 2003)
  • Pure Alex de Grassi, (Windham Hill, 2006)
  • The Bridge, (Tropo, 2020)


  1. ^ Degrassi star gets a surprise | Music | Entertainment | The London Free Press Archived 2018-01-18 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  2. ^ "WHS C-1009 Alex De Grassi Slow Circle". Windhaming. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2013-03-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bronstein, Scott (4 May 1986). "Making Money Out of Mellow". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Outsight Radio Hours interview 2003". Retrieved 23 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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