Phil Manzanera
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Phil Manzanera is one of the UK’s best-known musicians and record producers, having shot to prominence in the early ‘70’s as the lead guitarist with Roxy Music. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading guitarists and is in much demand both as a performer and record producer. Recent productions include David Gilmour: Live in Gdansk as well as Gilmour’s chart topping, platinum- selling album, On An Island and Enrique Bunbury’s Hellville Deluxe which charted at no 1 in Mexico and Spain - the latter three albums all receiving Grammy nominations. He is currently producing Bebe, one of Spain’s hottest new female artists and already a Latino Grammy winner.

Phil’s recent Spanish-speaking album, Corroncho, released last year, was voted as one of the 2010 albums of the year by the Daily Mirror. Other recent releases include a new instrumental album, Firebird VII, inspired by his signature Gibson guitar and a retrospective 2 cd + dvd entitled “Phil Manzanera – The Music 1972-2008”. Collector’s edition of Quiet Sun’s Mainstream, Diamond Head and 801 Live are now available from Phil’s website.

Phil Manzanera was born in London to a Colombian mother and English father, and spent most of his childhood in different parts of the Americas: Hawaii, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. It was in Cuba that the young Manzanera, aged six, encountered his first guitar, a Spanish guitar owned by his mother. Phil’s early musical accomplishments were Cuban folksongs learnt against the upheaval of the Cuban Revolution.
In Venezuela the eight-year-old Phil started experimenting with the sounds of the electric guitar, a cello electric. During his teenage years Phil was absorbing and marrying the twin influences of 60’s rock and roll with the Latin-American rhythms of the merengue, cumbia and particularly the boleros of the Mexican, Armando Manzanero. Whilst at school in London he formed a school band with Bill MacCormick and Charles Hayward, which became Quiet Sun.

Manzanera set his sights on joining a professional band and by the New Year of 1972, aged 22, he had joined the recently formed Roxy Music as lead guitarist - the line-up at this time was Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Paul Thompson and Andy Mackay. Roxy’s rise was meteoric, with the bandbeing hailed as the stylistic influence of the early 1970’s.
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, available on his own label, Expression Records through his website,

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

As a producer of Rock en Espanol Phil has produced many of the seminal albums in this genre, HEROES DEL SILENCIO, Entre dos Tierras, El Espiiritu del Vino, ENRIQUE BUNBURY Radical Sonora, Hellville Deluxe, ATERCIOPELADOS Pipa de la Paz, FITO PAEZ Circo Beat, ROBI ‘DRACO’ ROSA Vagabundo, MONICA NARANJO, Minage. ANTONIO VEGA.Oceanos de Sol, CABINETE CALIGARI, Cien Mil Vueltas, PARALAMAS DO SUCCESSO Dos Margaritas.
In the 90’s Manzanera performed in concerts all over the world, including ‘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 and Richard Thompson. Phil 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 in WOMAD festivals in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Phil 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.

Phil Manzanera has his state of the art Gallery Studios in West London. The first recording was Robert Wyatt’s Mercury Prize nominated Cuckooland, and since then clients have included Roxy Music, Eno, Hot Chip, David Gilmour, Annie Lennox, Kevin Ayers, and Chrissie Hynde.
The late music writer Ian Macdonald said of Phil:
‘An intuitive, unostentatious player interested in moods, atmospheres, and the direct conveyance of spontaneous feeling. Phil Manzanera is no facile guitar acrobat. In his cliff-edge vision ofcontrolled chance and unpremeditated quest, the price of soaring like an angel one minute is to stumble like a sleepwalkerthe next. Yet few rock guitarists share his sonic imagination and, at its best, his characteristic melding of emotional authenticity with expressive artifice remains completely unique.’

In 2011 Phil Manzanera teamed up with Blue Pie to further develop his vast catalogue. Working with Blue Pie’s Damien Reilly, Phil will be focused on developing license sales and placements for his iconic songs into Films, TV Shows, Cable shows and general ads. The world needs more melody and there is no one better than that than the one part of the hit-making “Roxy Music” music machine to do just that.

Come 2012 and 2013 Phil has seen himself win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin UK Awards, Musicians Union Maestro Award, Grammy for “No Church In The Wild”, play on the new Henry Fool album, feature on “The Great Gatsby” movie soundtrack, release his NTH Entities album, release a Roxy Music boxset and so much more.

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