Phil Manzanera


Phil Manzanera

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Name = Phil Manzanera


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Birth Name = Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams
Alias = Phil Manzera
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Occupation = Producer, musician
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Phil Manzanera (born Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams, 31 January 1951, in London, England) is a musician and record producer. He was the lead guitarist with Roxy Music. In 2006 Manzanera co-produced David Gilmour's album "On An Island" and played in Gilmour's band for tours in Europe and North America. He wrote and presented a series of 14 one-hour radio programmes for station Planet Rock entitled "The A-Z of Great Guitarists" and his new instrumental album, "Firebird VII", is scheduled to be released in 2008.

Early years (1951–1970)

Manzanera was born in London to a Colombian mother and an English father, and spent most of his childhood in different parts of the Americas, including Hawaii, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. It was in Cuba that the young Manzanera, aged 6, encountered his first guitar, a Spanish guitar owned by his mother. His earliest musical accomplishments were Cuban folk songs inspired by the Cuban Revolution.

In Venezuela the eight-year-old Manzanera started experimenting with the sounds of the electric guitar. During his teenage years he was absorbing the twin influences of 1960s rock and roll and Latin American rhythms of merengue music, cumbia, and particularly the boleros of the Mexican Armando Manzanero.

Roxy Music (1971–1983)

Manzanera was determined to join a professional band, and in 1971 he joined the recently formed Roxy Music as lead guitarist. His Roxy bandmates at this time were Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Paul Thompson and Andy Mackay. Roxy’s rise was meteoric, with the band being hailed as the stylistic influence of the early 1970s. During the next 12 years, until 1983 when the band members went on a "long break", Roxy Music released a series of internationally best-selling albums, achieving ten UK Top 10 albums and touring extensively throughout the world. In parallel with Roxy Music, Manzanera has always pursued solo projects, both recording his own albums and producing for others. All his previous solo albums have been digitally remastered and re-released with new artwork on his own label, Expression Records.

olo work (1983–2001)

As a writer, producer and solo artist, Phil Manzanera has worked with many of the luminaries of modern music, such as Steve Winwood, David Gilmour, John Cale, Godley & Creme, Nico and John Wetton. He has co-written material with many artists, including Brian Eno, Tim Finn, Robert Wyatt and Gilmour. Manzanera co-wrote Pink Floyd's single "One Slip" from their 1988 "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album.

In the 1990s Manzanera performed in concerts all over the world, including at Guitar Legends, the five-day guitar festival in Seville, where he was musical director for the event as well as playing with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Jack Bruce, Vicente Amigo, Dave Edmunds, Joe Satriani, Steve Cropper, Aterciopelados,Robert Cray and Richard Thompson. He has also played in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, France, Italy and the UK, including a ten-date European tour with the Cuban band Grupo Moncada. He played at WOMAD festivals in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Manzanera ended the 20th Century by appearing with Bryan Ferry at the British Gas Millennium Concert at Greenwich, the first time they had performed together in 18 years.

Roxy Music reunion and later work (2001–present)

The Roxy Music "long break" came to an end in 2001 with a critically acclaimed, sold-out, 52-date world tour. In the summer of 2003 Roxy played 10 dates in the US, followed by 13 European gigs in 2004, including performing at Live 8 in Berlin. A new Roxy Music album, their first for over 20 years, is due for release in 2008.

Manzanera has a state-of-the-art studio, Gallery Studios, in West London. The first recording was Robert Wyatt's album "Cuckooland", and the client list also includes Brian Eno, David Gilmour, Annie Lennox, Kevin Ayers, and Chrissie Hynde. Wyatt's critically acclaimed album, "Comicopera", was recorded at Gallery in 2007.

Manzanera began singing on his own albums with "Vozero" in 2001, followed by "6pm" in 2004 and "50 Minutes Later" in 2005. He appeared at the Strat Pack celebration concert at Wembley Arena in 2003, alongside other great players such as Hank Marvin, Ronnie Wood and David Gilmour.

He also collaborated with Eno and David Byrne on 2008's "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today".

Other efforts

*Phil Manzanera co-produced David Gilmour's album "On An Island". Within Gilmour fan circles he has gained the nickname 'El Magnifico'Fact|date=September 2008. Manzanera also played rhythm guitar on Gilmour's world tour to support the album in 2006.

*Manzanera appears briefly playing a guitar solo in "Red Dwarf" series 6 episode "Psirens". Only his hands appeared playing the guitar, and his credit on the Internet Movie Database lists his role as "Hands of Psiren Lister". [http://imdb.com/name/nm1137177/] On screen he is credited as "the hands of Phil Manzanera".

elected discography

* "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)" (1974) by Brian Eno
* " Fear (1974) by John Cale
* "Diamond Head" (1975)
* Quiet Sun: "Mainstream" (1975)
* "801 Live" (1976)
* "Listen Now" (1977)
* "K-Scope" (1978)
* "Primitive Guitars" (1982)
* "Wetton/Manzanera" (1987)
* "Nowomowa: The Wasted Lands" (1988)
* "Crack the Whip" (1988)
* "Up in Smoke" (1989)
* "Mato Grosso" (with Sérgio Dias) (1990)
* "Southern Cross" (1990)
* "Live at the Karl Marx" (1993)
* "One World" (a reissue of "Wetton/Manzanera") (1997)
* "Mainstream" (1997)
* "A Million Reasons Why" (1997)
* "Manzanera & MacKay" (1997)
* "Live at Manchester University" (1998)
* "Vozero" (2001)
* "Manzanera Archives: Rare One" (2000)
* "Manzanera Archives: 801 Live @ Hull" (2001)
* "801 Latino" [live] (2002)
* "6pm" (2004)
* "50 Minutes Later" (2005)

As producer

* John Cale: " Fear" (1974)
* Split Enz: "Second Thoughts" (1976)
* Heroes del Silencio: "Senderos de Traición" (1990)
* Heroes del Silencio: "El Espíritu del Vino" (1993)
* Os Paralamas do Sucesso: "Severino" (1994)
* Fito Páez: "Circo Beat" (1994)
* Aterciopelados: "La Pipa de la Paz" (1996)
* David Gilmour: "On an Island" (2006)

External links

* [http://www.vivaroxymusic.com Viva Roxy Music] Site about Manzanera's work with Roxy Music and his solo work, collaborations and sessions]
* [http://www.manzanera.com/ manzanera.com] : Phil Manzanera, Expression Records and the Roxy Music Archive]
* [http://www.smoothjazz1043.com/iplaylist/artist/4839/bio.html Biography] at www.smoothjazz1043.com


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