From: Australia

Rock, Instrumental Guitar

Simon Gardner is one of Brisbane’s premier rock guitarists. To date, he has released 4 instrumental solo albums, supported Joe Satriani and continues to be involved in the Brisbane music scene through his music tuition studio, Simon Gardner Music.

Simon started learning guitar at the age of 13 at Brisbane Grammar School under the expert tutelage of Brisbane jazz guitarist and teacher, Rick Purdie. Simon attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and graduated in 1990.

Upon his return Simon appeared in Guitar Player Magazine’s ‘Spotlight’ Column and release his first solo album Big Sky in 1994. Big Sky won “Album of the Year” for that year and was used regularly on the ABC, Channel 9’s Wide World of Sports and is still being used today around the world as music for the TV series “Flipper”.

The 2000’s has seen Simon release 2 more albums - the ethereal and mainly acoustic Sketches (2003) and the high energy rock instrumentals of The Dragon (2005) both of which have each received glowing reviews locally, nationally and internationally.

The process for Simons’ latest release was a departure from previous albums. Looking for new inspiration and wanting to make instrumental guitar music more engaging and inclusive, Simon employed the services of one Australia’s top rock/pop producers Lachlan ‘Magoo’ Goold and recorded the entire album at his studio Applewood. This turned out to be exactly what Simon needed to streamline his tunes and get super guitar sounds to tape.

The result is “Choose Your Own Adventure” (2010) - Simon’s most powerful and best sounding work to date featuring Glen Baker on Drums and Tommy Hynes on Bass.

Simon’s musical influences are broad and varied. Musicians and composers such as Claude Debussy, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani have all provided and continue to provide Simon with an inexhaustible depth of inspiration for his playing and his music.