Guitar virtuoso Alan Azar is one of the most hard working local musicians out there today; he has been consistent in his live performances as well his studio albums, and let’s not forget his contribution to other bands like The Kordz.
My latest event review of Alan Azar was nearly a year ago at the same venue Nova pub (check it here) and I am surprised to see that some of the points I discussed in that review are still valid.
I am not technically qualified to judge a professional musician’s performance to begin with, so my reviews are generally written from an attendee’s perspective and from a music enthusiast who wants to enjoy his night out. However I can’t but stress the point that my opinion of Alan’s music in general has not changed since last year, here’s some main points I always think about after watching Alan perform (the quotes taken from my review of Alan a year ago):
– ‘played with both technicality, professionalism and most importantly passion‘ – you can always count on that with Alan and his bandmates, whether it’s the melodies and cool techniques, the arrangements and composing method, there’s a high level of musicianship involved here. Their stage performance shows genuine appreciation of the music, they are not copying any famous Iron Maiden / Judas Priest live moves, they’re just passionate about performing.
– ‘I personally think that the key to the band is their understanding of musical buildup‘ – this is evident from both of Alan’s studio albums, the songs are structurally solid, there’s always a memorable melody in a given song which Alan then adds the icing on top of the cake with his soloing. The way the band builds up toward a desired mood(s) shows that this is not some guitar player playing with a band serving as a ‘live backing track’.
– ‘what’s next for Alan Azar? A different musical path with some additions to the western style instrumental rock mostly influenced by Joe Satriani an his peers?‘ – this is the only point which I feel is keeping Alan from really reaching great success. This one year old question has been discussed with friends, musicians and even Alan himself. At one point, you simply end up with ‘this is what he wants to do, he’s comfortable with this style / genre and he’s trying to build up some momentum as a solo artist’.