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, rock out guitar improv and luscious backdrops. The musical influences are numerous, from the frenzied rhythms of Tigran Hamasyan to pearly pools of sound reminiscent of Bill Frisell. The band are set to release their debut album in 2016.
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.
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
“Guitarist Alex Munk is very much a musician to watch, his patient, motivic solos displaying a striking character and maturity”
– Daniel Paton, MusicOMH