David Fiuczynski

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David Fiuczynski
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David Fiuczynski performs at Moers Festival (2007)
Background information
Born(1964-03-05)March 5, 1964
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresAvant-garde jazz, jazz fusion, rock
Years active1983–present
LabelsFuzelicious Morsels, Discovery, RareNoise
Associated actsScreaming Headless Torsos, Hasidic New Wave, Hiromi, George Russell, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kif, Black Cherry Acid Lab, Planet Micro Jam

David Fiuczynski (born March 5, 1964) is an American contemporary jazz guitarist, best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos and David Fiuczynski's KiF, and as a member of Hasidic New Wave.[1] He has played on more than 95 albums as a session musician, band leader, or band member.

Though born in the United States, his family moved to Germany when he was 8 years old and remained until he was 19. He returned to the US to study at Hampshire College and later the prestigious New England Conservatory. He received a Bachelor of Music from the latter in 1989. After living in New York City for more than a decade, he now resides in Massachusetts and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[2]

Though generally thought of as a jazz musician, Fiuczynski describes himself as "a jazz-musician who doesn't want to play just jazz". Many of his albums have thematic material that ties them to one or more additional genres. Screaming Headless Torsos, for instance, emphasizes a jazz-funk fusion, while Hasidic New Wave blends jazz with Semitic and African music; 2000's JazzPunk is a recording of standards and covers written by his idols and mentors, in which each tune was reworked in distinctive musical combinations.

In 2005, Fiuczynski was hired by former Police drummer Stewart Copeland for his side project Gizmo, which toured in Italy in July 2005.

Starting in 2007, he's toured with trumpeter Cuong Vu and with jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara, and also appeared on the latter's albums Time Control and Beyond Standard.

In 2012, he launched Planet MicroJam, an institute that explores use of microtones in jazz, ethnic folk, and other contexts.[3]

Fiuczynski is the guitarist on the 2013 album Gamak by alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.[4]


As leader[edit]

  • Lunar Crush (Gramavision, 1994)
  • Jazzpunk (Fuzelicious Morsels, 2000)
  • Amandala (Fuzelicious Morsels, 2001)
  • Black Cherry Acid Lab (Fuzelicious Morsels, 2002)
  • Screaming Headless Torsos: Live (Fuzelicious Morsels, 2002)
  • Kif (Fuzelicious Morsels, 2003)
  • Kif Express (Fuzelicious Morsels, 2008)
  • David Fiuczynksi's Planet Microjam (RareNoiseRecords, 2012)
  • Flam! Blam! (RareNoise, 2016)
  • Mikrojazz! with Philipp Gerschlauer (RareNoise, 2017)[5]

With Hasidic New Wave

  • 1997 Jews and the Abstract Truth
  • 1998 Psycho-Semitic
  • 1999 Kabalogy
  • 2001 From the Belly of Abraham

With Screaming Headless Torsos

  • 1995 Screaming Headless Torsos
  • 2000 Live in NYC
  • 2001 Live!!
  • 2002 1995
  • 2005 2005
  • 2014 Code Red

As sideman[edit]

With Hiromi

  • 2003 Another Mind
  • 2007 Time Control
  • 2008 Beyond Standard
  • 2009 Live in Concert

With others


  1. ^ Lehner, David (4 March 2013). "David Fiuczynski: In the In Between". All About Jazz. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ "David Fiuczynski | Berklee College of Music". Berklee. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ Gluckin, Tzvi (30 September 2014). "David Fiuczynski: Mega Micro Man". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ Jarenwattananon, Patrick (20 January 2013). "First Listen: Rudresh Mahanthappa, 'Gamak'". NPR.org. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "David Fiuczynski | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  6. ^ "David Fiuczynski | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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