About Alexandre de Guise
Moscow, Russian Federation
Coming from Moscow, Russia, Alexandre de Guise is internationally recognized as an innovative virtuoso guitarist as well as a gifted composer and singer-songwriter with a tasteful and individual approach. Alexandre works in a variety of genres ranging from early music and classics to modern rock/pop, folk, blues, hard'n'heavy, neo-classic fusion and more. Alexandre has also collaborated with a number of established artists/bands and participated in many projects in Europe and the UK.
Alexandre started out as a classical musician. Having begun studying music at the age of four, he received profound education (Degree in Piano and Guitar). In 1994, he participated in the charity project “International Artists Against Racism”, led by British actress Vanessa Redgrave, along with other leading musicians (Bono, Kris Kristofferson), and theatre and TV stars from all over the world. During this project, the participants visited the cities of the former Yugoslavia (Zagreb, Belgrade, Split, Sarajevo) and performed in theatres, concert halls, art centres and refugee camps. The visit had the full support of UNICEF.
In May 2005, Alexandre played a solo concert in Red Square – right by the Kremlin, the very heart of Moscow. Alexandre was invited to play by the Government of Russia. Such an opportunity is actually an honour that only distinguished, world-renowned artists are usually given. Among those who have performed there lately are Paul McCartney, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, and Dmitry Khvorostovski.
Not long after this solo performance, Alexandre de Guise headlined a bigger concert along with the legendary Jean-Luc Ponty and American bass virtuoso Steve Bailey at the Grand Sports Arena in Moscow. It was a great live event within the frame of the International Music Education Festival (MUSICFEST 2006). Alexandre de Guise was also announced the Artist of the Year 2006-2007 by MAKATO (Music Promotion Company and International Music Directory, USA).
Alexandre de Guise's latest solo album, Can't Be In Vain, was released in the summer of 2005 in Russia as a Digipack Golden Limited Edition. The album also came with a live concert DVD entitled "Live In Red Square, Moscow". The album is Alexandre’s fresh view upon contemporary rock and pop music, and it is an innovative attempt to combine several music genres, while yet being oriented on the mainstream concept. All songs on the album were written, arranged and produced and copyrighted by Alexandre de Guise Lamarque.
Stylistically, Can't Be In Vain a unique blend of melodic adult contemporary art rock and smart pop with an influence from virtuoso progressive rock and a vibe of Celtic new age. The songs are soulful, soothing and uplifting, also considered to be “cinematography-matching”. Can't Be In Vain has received strong international media response and feedback, and has created quite a buzz in industry circles. Alexandre de Guise's #1 song "Fly, My Dove, Fly" from Can't Be In Vain was featured on the international compilation CD entitled "Best Rock Ballads of 2005", with Alexandre also being on the album cover.
In Russia, Can't Be In Vain is distributed by major label SOYUZ. International distribution is provided by MUSEA Records (France). The album can also be found on the internet at Amazon, CDBaby, Tower Records and more distributors. Digitally, the album can be found on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and other sites.