Alex Munk is an award winning guitarist, composer and bandleader living in London.
Having established himself as one of the capital’s most in demand guitarists, Alex formed the group Flying Machines in 2014. Centered around Alex’s unique compositions, the band have established a sound that is entirely their own, fusing emotive melodies with visceral guitar improvisation and luscious soundscapes. Flying Machines went on to release their debut album to critical acclaim in October 2016, receiving glowing reviews in the likes of Guitarist magazine, The Guardian and Jazzwise. The release was followed up by a 24 UK date tour, supported by Arts Council England, that culminated in a sold out headline performance at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in April 2017.
As a sideman, Alex has performed at all of the major jazz festivals and venues around the UK as part of the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard, Trish Clowes’s Tangent, Ivo Neame Quintet, Nick Smart’s Trogon and alongside artists such as Gwilym Simcock, Iain Ballamy and Hammond organist James Taylor. He has performed extensively with the world-renowned CBSO, including tours to the U.A.E as well as all over the UK. Alex has also appeared on a number of critically acclaimed recordings, such as Reuben Fowler’s Between Shadows, Matt Anderson’s Wildflower Sextet and Dave Hamblett’s Light At Night. He is also the guitarist in Sam Rapley’s Fabled, the Peter Lee Group and Tom Millar Quartet.
Alex graduated from the masters programme at London’s Royal Academy of Music with distinction in 2011, where he was awarded the Elton John Scholarship, the Scott Philbrick Jazz Scholarship and the John Baker Memorial Prize. Upon graduating from Leeds College of Music with first class honours in 2009, Alex was awarded the prestigious Yamaha Jazz Scholarship and had a recording of his featured on the front cover of Jazzwise magazine.
“A wonderful young guitarist with a unique musical voice”
– Stan Sulzmann, acclaimed UK saxophonist
“…silkily curling phrasing and rugged rhythm changes”
John Fordham, The Guardian
“Explosive guitar playing”
– David Mead, Guitarist
“His solos are skilfully constructed, richly colourful, consistently inventive and refreshingly cliche free.”
– Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
“…playing that draws upon the epic jazz-pop lyricism of Pat Metheny through to the more avant-rock of Wayne Krantz”
– Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
“…imaginative, soaring electric guitar expression”
– Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews
“Munk clearly demonstrates how pleasing and versatile an electric archtop guitar can sound in expert hands”
– Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
“Guitarist Alex Munk is very much a musician to watch, his patient, motivic solos displaying a striking character and maturity”
– Daniel Paton, Music OMH