ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the experimental band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, head from New York to Texas for an appearance at Austin's annual South By Southwest Music Festival, along with concerts in San Antonio and Houston. The group's SXSW showcase is on Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina (515 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX; tel. 512-494-9336); also on the bill is APOCALYPTICA (Finnish cello quartet).
Prior to SXSW, the TRIO will be at Jack's Patio Bar (2950 Thousand Oaks Drive) in San Antonio (tel. 210-494-2309) on Friday, March 18.
After SXSW, ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO will perform at Sidecar Pub (11202 Huffmeister) in Houston (tel. 281-807-4040) on Sunday, March 20.
In early 2002, ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO emerged as a refreshing and surprising new voice of improvisation combining his teenage metal roots with his adult love for jazz. Skolnick had been the guitar virtuoso Megaforce/Atlantic thrash metal group TESTAMENT. As his career progressed, he fell in love with jazz, moved to New York, earned a music degree and hooked up with a fiery young rhythm section. The group received raves from Downbeat, Jazziz, Billboard, Guitar Player, countless radio stations and performed all over the U.S. to a mix of jazz and rock fans.
The TRIO's latest album is "Transformation" (Magnatude) and it features six all new original compositions, plus arrangements of songs by JUDAS PRIEST, DEEP PURPLE, PINK FLOYD and more. 8-string guitarist Charlie Hunter is a special guest on "Transformation".