Styles: Guitar Jazz
Carl Filipiak has earned critical acclaim as one of today's most dynamic jazz guitarists. Jazziz Magazine has included him among a renowned list of guitar players in their nominations for "New Fusion Blood," and JazzTimes calls him "a dazzlingly versatile guitarist."
Many of his recordings and performances have paired him with some of the industry's finest musicians including Dennis Chambers, Victor Wooten, and Grammy nominee Bob Berg. His six independent recordings on Geometric Records have garnered him reviews in such prestigious publications as 20th Century Guitar, Billboard, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Jazziz and JazzTimes. Turner Broadcasting and NBC Sports have featured Carl's music in several televised events including the Olympics.
Carl performs at various festivals and venues along the east coast and has been honored regionally with several awards. He has received the esteemed WAMA award from the Washington Area Music Association for "Best Jazz Instrumentalist", "Best Guitarist" from from Baltimore Magazine and "Best Jazz Musician" from The City Paper.
Actively involved in music education, Carl is an endorser and clinician for Fender Guitars. He has released his own instructional guitar video "Use What You Got!" and is a contributing author and consultant for several music publishers. His recent works include an instructional book and companion CD for Mel Bay Publications and collaboration on a comprehensive book on guitar from Balafon Books in London.
For over 25 years Carl has evolved musically-creating a unique style and sound influenced by his rock roots and passion for jazz. If you want great music follow him down the road that he's staked out for himself and you'll hear world-class writing, arranging and guitar playing.
For anyone interested in Carl's career prior to 1987, check out Joe Vacarino's newly self-published book, Baltimore Sounds: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Baltimore-area Pop Musicians, Bands and Recordings 1950-1980.