Altar is a fiery guitar driven ensemble that was formed late in 2003. The combination of two nylon string guitars allows an emphasis on repertoire diversity, drawing upon such broad styles as Flamenco, Tango, Samba, Calypso, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Popular and Originals. Outstanding musicianship and an ever-expanding repertoire, allow Altar to tailor its performance to suit every occasion and need. Altar can step up to perform in a concert environment at festivals and jazz venues or can supply a sublime unobtrusive background over which any corporate function or event will flow. Exploring the high end of Guitar Improvisation through each of these styles Altar is expandable from duo format upwards.
Glenn - guitar
Nick - guitar
Ryan - percussion
guitar – glenn
Glenn has been playing Guitar for 16 years. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, Glenn spent the next few years playing Jazz and Rock gigs all around Australia. He has released two original Jazz/Fusion albums with the band “Logic” and will release his own album “Leverage” early next year. Internationally, Glenn has twice toured in and around Hong Kong. Locally, he can be seen playing with Bob Sedergreen, Nina Ferro, John St Peters, Tom Burlinson, John Foreman and Adoration on the Gospel Train.
guitar - nick
Nick has a growing Jazz reputation both locally and abroad. He has performed at numerous local venues and festivals including the Williamstown Jazz Festival, Footscray Festival, Echuca Festival, Mornington Jazz and Guitar Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane, Manchester Lane, Dizzys Jazz Club etc.
Internationally Nick has performed through Europe with the 1999 Marinucci Trio tour, through Hong Kong, Macau and China with the Julie O'Hara Quintet (2001), Anton Delleca Trio (2001) Toby Mac Quartet (2000) and the Martin Breeze Trio (2002). Internationally noted Jazz Clubs include, The B Flat Club Germany, Brown Jazz Bar HK, Visage Free and a solo performance and the Hong Kong Forum. As a sideman Nick can be seen playing around Melbourne with the Marinucci Trio, Julie O'Hara, Peter Knight, Bossanova Duo, Sugarbeat, Gonebanda and Los Bomberos.
"The guys from Altar were an excellent choice for our event. The background music definitely added to our "Spanish" theme."
Grant Thornton (September 2006)