The Search has Begun

Guitarist extraordinaire, Ryan Maza has joined forces with some of the top musicians from the Tucson, Az. music scene, assembling a ‘super group’ to take the city by storm. It is an electrifying Rock band in which the likes of have not  not seen, nor ear heard, in many years. The band is called, Maza – a guitarcentric named group akin to Van Halen, Santana, Vai, Satriani, etc. All of which front the guitarists name.

Maza - band photo, Ryan Maza - guitarist

Maza – band photo

From what we’ve heard, this band will perform original material as well as cover songs in which are rarely heard played by others, due to bands musician limitations.  That’s not the case with Maza…as they plan on tackling complex arrangements and sometimes sacred songs in which on never hears but on a CD itself. When asked to give an example, they responded with Dream Theater. This may be an inside look into the bands original style, although it may merely be one example. Another hint may come from Maza’s recent instrumental release on iTunes called, Sidewinder. A diverse roller-coaster of guitar driven rock that attacks the senses.

Guitarist, Ryan Maza performing live with the new Progressive

Guitarist, Ryan Maza performing live with the new Progressive Rock band – Maza.

We do know the they have assembled an all-star cast, including well-known fusion drummer, Mike Troupe, Funk slap veteran – James Jinning on Bass and the well-rounded Royal Cubit on Keyboards. Throw in rock guitarist Ryan Maza into the mix and you’ve got one crazy diverse group. Time will only tell what this ensemble will sound like.

maza-vocalist-auditions

The remaining piece of the puzzle is the vocalist. We do know that the band has been recently holding auditions for their Lead Singer position. We would imagine that this may take some time in discovering the right individual that could front this epic lineup. Furthermore, we are extremely excited to see who they reveal! If you want to get in on these auditions or perhaps know of someone who would, you can message them from the Maza Facebook Fanpage.

Ultimately, this band will fill a much needed void into the Tucson music scene.

 

Maza’s new album, Sidewinder is released on iTunes

For those of you who enjoyed the glory days of high-voltage, awe-inspiring guitar antics, will rejoice in the release of Maza’s new album, Sidewinder. This full-length release contains eight musically diverse songs, one of which is nearly 12 min. long!

Sidewinder was released on iTunes a few days ago and debuted on the charts at #9. Formidable considering the genre of music is not mainstream at all. Soon thereafter, Sidewinder was released on Amazon MP3, Spotify, Rdio, Emusic and Google Play.

As one iTunes reviewer states, “These are tight, technically-proficent instrumental pieces that never lose the power to drive emotion. Maybe that sounds odd, but what I mean is this: sometimes prog rock and similar tunes that are really technical lose their heart. Maza doesn’t. If you like Dream Theater – especially Images & Words and Awake – this will be up your musical alley. If you’re interested in instrumental pieces that have depth and a lot of texture, you’ll probably like this. There’s a lot going on in this songs, but never so much that you feel like you’re taking a music theory class.”

Ryan Maza's new album, Sidewinder, debuts at #9 on iTunes.

Ryan Maza’s new album, Sidewinder, debuts at #9 on iTunes.

“Just found this gem lying here, and I’ve got to say I’m pretty amazed. I never heard of this guy Maza before, and I can’t understand how that happened because he is clearly one of the most technically proficient six-string virtuosos out there–dude is on par with the likes of Joe Satriani if you need a clear picture. Check out his take on “Hammer of the Gods” especially, or even this one I personally liked, “Caprice No. 5.” You will be thrilled, I assure you.” – iTunes review

Go download Maza’s Sidewinder now and turn it up…LOUD.

on iTunes here

Guitar virtuoso invades Club XS

Tucson’s premier concert and club venue, Club XS has been invaded by the guitar prowess of Ryan Maza. We saw him perform there last week with Jacques Taylor and the Real Deal and it was amazing show, complete with a horn section, slapping Bassist, charismatic singer and a trick drummer (Chip Ritter). But, the crowd’s attention was drawn to Maza whenever he delved into a guitar solo….especially his showcase song, which seems to be a rendition of Prince’s, Purple Rain.

Guitar virtuoso Ryan Maza @ Tucson's Club XS Niteclub

Guitar virtuoso Ryan Maza @ Tucson’s Club XS Niteclub

It’s not too often one gets to hear the fire storm of electric guitar that was so prominent back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It’s essentially nonexistent anymore. But Maza keeps this flame lit…in spades.

Guitar virtuoso Ryan Maza @ Tucson's Club XS Niteclub

Guitar virtuoso Ryan Maza @ Tucson’s Club XS Niteclub

If you get a chance to see him perform…do so.

Guitar virtuoso, Ryan Maza @ Tucson's Club XS Niteclub

Guitar virtuoso, Ryan Maza @ Tucson’s Club XS Niteclub

Maza is set to perform with Jacques Taylor and the Real Deal every other Wednesday. You can keep up to date on all his latest show dates, including an arsenal of concert photographs, streaming and downloadable music, videos, merchandise and more —-> right here!

Guitar virtuoso, Ryan Maza @ Tucson's Club XS Niteclub

Guitar virtuoso, Ryan Maza @ Tucson’s Club XS Niteclub

Guitar wizard Ryan Maza and Electric Violinist, Heather Hardy - dueling at Club XS in Tucson, AZ.

Guitar wizard Ryan Maza and Electric Violinist, Heather Hardy – dueling at Club XS in Tucson, AZ.

Ryan Maza w/ glowing LED guitar

Ryan Maza w/ glowing LED guitar. Fretlord musical lighting systems

 

 

 

 

Maza featured on FretLord website

Guitarist Ryan Maza, featured in an ad for Fretlord lighting systems.
FretLord (Musical Instrument Lighting Systems) website features guitarist, Ryan Maza whom readily endorses this product. He uses what is described as their ‘Fretlightz – LED Fretboard illuminator.’ Which projects a high output LED light onto the guitar fret board. A visual relief for dark stage performance while adding a spectacle to a show.

And a spectacle it does create, as stated by Maza, “..I frequently get asked, ‘what are the those cool lights on your guitar?’ by people. It definitely looks cool, but that is not the originate idea behind why I started using FretLord. Low light conditions in various clubs…sometimes making it difficult to see to play! This is the solution…but it takes it a step further and adds a focus to the player and to the guitar.”

Check out the FretLord website

Maza, as featured on the home page of FretLord

Ryan Maza featured on FretLord website

Ryan Maza featured on FretLord website

Maza’s Purple Rain solo of doom

Guitarist Ryan Maza, featured on TV performance w/ Jacques Taylor and the Real Deal – rockin’ the Purple Rain solo to the HILT! You have go to see this.

The Devil’s guitarist in Motown

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Guitarist Ryan Maza hit the stage twice over the weekend, alongside Jacques Taylor and the Real Deal – performing the best of Motown grooves with Maza adding the needed rock flair. His energy level was dynamic and the solos were … Continue reading

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage with blistering solos

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ with Jacques Taylor and the Real Deal. The concert was a fundraiser for needy children called the, “3rd Annual Jingle Jam.” 

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ

Guitarist, Ryan Maza soloing

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ

The infamous Maza levitating guitar move

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ

Guitarist, Ryan Maza rocks the stage at Club XS at a recent concert in Tucson, AZ