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DAVE RIZK started playing guitar at the age of 6 back in 1976. Having studied Music at Vanier college in Montreal, he has been active in the Montreal music scene since 1986. Recording as a studio guitarist for many artists and commercial projects he has also been performing with his own trio RIZKFACTOR since 1988. A speedy and fiery blend of Rock, Jazz and progressive music.

Today Dave Rizk teaches & performs regularly in the Montreal area. With his second album on the way due to be released mid 2010, the buzz is that Mr. Rizk may just be the next big thing in guitar.

Dave, welcome and thank you for participating in this project.  And yes, for having witnessed it myself, you do play in a speedy and fiery way and it’s great!   Your article is interesting and to the point.  Let’s begin:

No.1)  What is music to and for you?

To me music represents physical, mathematical manifestation of vibrations. All is vibration. When the formula is right we have harmony and balance, when it is uneven we have dissonance or tension. The same principal underlines our every day lives and relationship with others. Therefore music is the reflection of life itself.

No. 2)  What inspires you?m_2ad4e67b05e709b019f6136d1e89abc1

Inspiration can come in many forms, beauty, joy, love etc…or the opposite anger, pettiness, ego, spite etc. All are valid forms of energy that can be positively transformed into art. Depending on one’s current state we can use our emotions as fuel for creation or destruction.

No. 3)  When you are playing for yourself, not performing, where does it take you?  I mean where does your mind travel?

I do not really know where my mind “goes” if anywhere. But when I play for my self I feel at peace and like to enjoy the sounds created, they sooth me and act as a tonic for the soul. I feel no difference playing for others or for myself, when things are going well I am able to enter into an altered state of consciousness similar to meditation and detach my self from “reality” and observe and listen from a distance.

N. 4)  Do you think music, visual arts and health are related and if so how?

Definitely. The constant mental effort needed to create fresh and new music keeps our minds and spirit sharp. Therefore, by creating NEW music or art we do not fall into a state of mental atrophy. It is in my opinion that state of mind regulates state of health. If one only repeats the same old art over and over again then this simple principal ceases to work. 

No. 5) How do you feel when you are playing?

Usually pretty good. Like in a sort of meditation, aware of my environment 1445169673_mand in control but detached and relaxed.

No. 6)  Do you identify with your music and if so on what level?

Sometimes, it depends on what I am playing but I think it is healthy to not identify one’s self too much with one’s art or anything else, we are whole and complete with or without our artistic endeavours manifested.

No. 7)  When do you do your best work?

In the morning or late at night.                                                                       

No. 8)  Does music help you connect with your “higher self” whatever that may be for you?

Yes, I can manifest the “higher self” by being in tune, in time and letting the chi flow as it may.

No. 9)  How do you feel about jazz?

Now that’s a big question. I love Jazz, but real Jazz which to me, is hard to come by these days. Freedom within form, a deep sense of swing and individual emotional expression is a great thing. I am not a Jazz purist by any stretch of the imagination but when playing what is called Jazz it is necessary to obey the rules of form or else we are not actually playing Jazz, which is fine but label it properly so we know where your going and what to expect.

Dave, thanks a million for answering these questions.  I know you’re a very busy man, so I sincerely appreciate this!  Your first cd is called “ONE TIME” and your second cd is due for release mid 2010.  Good luck in all your endeavours Dave!

Be sure and listen to Dave’s music on My Space, link below. 



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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours