My third solo album is already happening!
It’s called ‘Opus 1880’ and it’s a double CD conceptual album – a dramatic sci-fi love story, expressed in more than 100 minutes of colourful progressive rock, based on the guitar style you’re already familiar with from my previous albums ‘9 Stories’ (2014) and ‘Aspects’ (2015), garnished with some classic old prog, acoustic ballads, modern metal riffs, and wide rande of interesting instruments. This time the album will also have tracks with vocals and few awesome guest appearances.
As you probably know, besides the progressive rock and metal, I am also a big fan of the Baroque music, which inevitably makes me a fan of Antonio Vivaldi’s work. When I heard about Vivaldi Metal Project, I was fascinated by the idea and I thought it would be a great opportunity for me, if somehow I participate in this great project, started by great musicians as Mistheria (keyboards) and Alberto Rigoni (bass). The project involves 70+ world-famous musicians from all around the globe such as:
Rick Wakeman (YES), Mark Boals (Y. Malmsteen), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Edu Falaschi(Angra/Almah), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), Michael Lepond (SymphonyX), John Macaluso (ARK/TNT), Mark Cross (Scorpions/Firewind), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Angra), Dani Loeble (Helloween), Victor Smolski (Rage/Almanac), Marco Sfogli (J. LaBrie), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Andreas Passmark (Royal Hunt), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Anna Portalupi (Tarja), Atma Anur (T. MacAlpine/G. Howe), Tommy Denander (Radioactive/Toto) and many more.
Now you can see, that it’s been a great honour to be accepted in this costellation of talents.
Here’s my page at the site: Alexandra Zerner (guitar) | Vivaldi Metal Project.
Recently I was told by a guy at the Jackson Guitars Forum, that he read about me in the October edition of Guitar Player Magazine and I thought it was some joke… until I found, that actually I was mentioned there for real, and what was even more surprising and breathtaking was, that I was mentioned by Jason Becker (!) about my cover (actually a practicing video, that I uploaded to my facebook page) of his great track “Perpetual Burn”, and my name appeared right after Jeff Loomis (!)… I must admit, that I really stopped breathing for few seconds, because my jaw was somewhere on the floor.
I’ve never dreamed of such aknowledgement so early in my musical career… Thank you very much, Mr. Becker! 🙂
Well, here’s the article:
I didn’t do any covers recently, because I’ve got a lot of work, also I am writing material for my second album, but this track by Yngwie Malmsteen (one of my favourite guitar players) doesn’t stop rushing in my mind since this masterpiece “The Seventh Sign” was released back in 1994. These were still tough years here, in Bulgaria, because the country was freshly freed from the communistic regime, and the only way to learn playing something, was rewinding the casette over and over again, until you get to hear the exact phrase. You can be sure it is very hard task to do, especially when it comes to such guitar heroes like Yngwie. Nevertheless, I finally made up my mind to sit down and learn this piece good enough, so I would be able to make a good cover of it. I recorded my own, a little bit rearranged backing track, partly (but not only) because the key is Am, but Yngwie tunes his guitar half step down, so it actually sounds in G#m… However, I don’t like transposing music to a key, different than the original, because it kills the music in some degree, also me, being a synesthete, changing the key changes the colours, that I am “hearing”, hence it feels uncomfortable. And because my guitar is in standart tuning, I had to play it in G#m, as you will see in the video below.
Another interesting thing is, that this is also the first track, that I am recording with my upgraded 8-string Jackson JS32-8Q – I put a Seymour Duncan Pegasus and a Kahler 2218 Stud Mount tremolo on it. I used and my brand new tube preamp ENGL E530, with my Boss GT-8, plugged in the FX loop of the unit. Keep in mind, that the preamp is plugged directly into the sound device, no cabinets or simulations. I am writing this, because there are no demos for this preamp, plugged direcly like that, so most of the people, who are interested in getting this unit, can’t decide whether they like it or not. Well, enough talking! Here’s the video, so enjoy, subscribe and share all around! 🙂
Finally, the epic story around getting a Kahler tremolo in Bulgaria (no distributors around), came to its end and I received the long-desired 8-string Kahler 2218 – a stud mount model with brass cam and steel saddles (you can get it here), which will be installed on my 8-string Jackson JS32-8Q. Of course, I was so happy about it, that I posted a photo of my funny smiling face and the brand new Kahler tremolo on my personal facebook profile and surprisingly my photo appeared on the facebook page of Kahler, which is a great aknowledgement for me 🙂
Big thanks to Kahler again! 🙂
This masterpiece by Maestro Jason Becker is something, that was inspiring me for so long, but I was always afraid even to think about playing it, until last year, when I finally made up my mind and came to the point to start actually learning it. And yesterday, during my practice, I shot a video of me playing some parts of “Perpetual Burn” just for my own feedback purposes, but later I decided to upload it on my official facebook page. 5 minutes later I was sitting shocked and extremely nicely surprised…
Jason Becker himself had just shared my video on his page and while I was still trying to figure out what is happening, I could only sit and watch the number of views, likes, comments and so forth growing like an avalanche… so far, exactly 24 hours after I posted it, it has over 58,000 views – something I’ve never imagined that could happen to any of my videos… This act of kindness from Mr. Becker is something, that still keeps me breathless, and of course – full of gratitude, needed to express.
Thank you, Mr. Jason Becker, from the bottom of my heart!
Well, my debut album “9 Stories” is officially out and you can find it on the link below.
All I can say is, that this projects was a really hard task to perform, a 9-month musical adventure, where I had to compose, play and record every single instrument, which left me with almost no powers at the end. Luckily, I had the strenght to mix and master this epic (for me) production, so now you can enjoy it and eventually buy it, which would be great support to me, because I have no manager, no label and stuff and I am doing everything on my own.
Thanks in advance!
Here’s the link to my album in iTunes: 9 Stories