Prize winner of international music award "Alfa Jazz Music Award 2012" is John McLaughlin
This year the Prize was awarded to John McLaughlin - legendary British guitarist, who plays jazz fusion style, one of the most authoritative musicians of contemporaneity. The musician is well-known most of all as the participant of recording of symbolic albums of fusion genre by Miles Davis In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. As well as the leader of own projects: McLaughlin is the founder of one of the most bright representatives of jazz rock of the seventies – The Mahavishnu Orchestra group, the creator of acoustic project Shakti (pioneers of world music genre). The work of John McLaughlin as the member of acoustic trio together with the guitarists Paco de Lucia and Al di Meola received high estimations of musical critics.
His playing technique with acoustic and electric guitars in different genres (such as jazz, flamenco, Indian classical music, fusion and western classical music) exerted substantial impact on a great number of well-known guitarists. In 2003 John McLaughlin got 49th place in the list of Rolling Stone magazine «100 greatest guitarists of all times».
Let us remind that Prize winner is determined among the famous and recognized persons who made a considerable contribution to development and promotion of jazz throughout the world by voting of expert council. Expert council consists of music critics, distinguished cultural figures, public and state figures, journalists and businessmen from different countries of the world.
Awarding ceremony is held annually on gala concert of festival in Lviv.