Carl Filipiak

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Carl Filipiak
Born (1950-09-17) September 17, 1950 (age 67)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Jazz fusion, rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1963–present
Labels Geometric, Art of Life
Associated acts Dennis Chambers, Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, Randy Runyon

Carl Filipiak is an American jazz fusion guitarist.


In 1987 Carl Filipiak recorded his first album, Electric Thoughts on his own Geometric Records.[1] Soon after, he started recording and playing with Dennis Chambers, Greg Grainger, and Gary Grainger. In 1990 Blue Entrance was released. He met Bob Berg, who played on Right On Time (1993), Hotel Real (1997), and Peripheral Vision (2000).[1] In the late 1990s he toured with Victor Wooten and Will Calhoun. His music has been featured in the Olympics and on televised events for NBC Sports and Turner Broadcasting.

He is a member of Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes and can be heard on It Came From Baltimore and The Go Go Suite. Lafayette's music can be heard on the HBO series The Wire and Treme. In October 2015 he recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios with The Only Road Band on the album Live in Two. Produced by Rob Cass, it features performances by Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake, Dean Ross, Tom and Ernie Lombardo, Eric Scott, John Thomakos, and Chuck Thompson.

Filipiak is the author of Rock-Fusion Improvising, an instructional book and companion CD from Mel Bay Publications.

He has been the opening act for Wynton Marsalis, Roberta Flack, and Eric Johnson.[2]


  • Electric Thoughts (Geometric, 1987)
  • Blue Entrance (Geometric, 1990)
  • Right on Time (Geometric, 1993)
  • Hotel Reàl (Geometric, 1997)
  • Peripheral Vision (Geometric, 2000)
  • Looking Forward Looking Back (Geometric, 2002)
  • I Got Your Mantra (Art of Life, 2007)
  • Live at the Cat's Eye (Art of Life, 2013)
  • What Now (Geometric, 2017)


  • Rock Fusion Improvising (Mel Bay)
  • Guitar: A Complete Guide for the Player (Balafon Books) (contributing author)
  • Totally Guitar: The Definitive Guide (Thunder Bay Press) (contributing author)
  • Play Acoustic (Backbeat Books) (contributing author)
  • Use What You Got (video) (eLine Productions)


  1. ^ a b Kopp, Ed (1 September 2000). "Carl Filipiak: Peripheral Vision". All About Jazz. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Nguyen, Lan (19 September 1991). "Baltimore guitarist makes natural progression from rock to jazz". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 

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