"Az Samad is a master of expression. Every note he plays comes from a place of deep musical knowledge and understanding. He can use his guitar to say "I love you" in 17 languages."
Jon Gomm, UK Acoustic Singer-Songwriter and Virtuoso Guitarist
"Az Samad is THE Malaysian guitar hero. Not only is he an incredibly soulful and accomplished player, he is a talented and well respected educator in all aspects of the guitar. He is also a super nice guy with a wicked sense of humour. Miss him at your peril!"
Mike Dawes, English Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitarist & Recording Artist with Candyrat Records
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What the press have been saying:
Considered one of the best guitarists in Malaysia"
Malaysia's Premier Business Magazine since 1972
"Malaysian guitar maestro"
The Straits Times (Singapore)
"Az's compositions are at times playful and irreverent, and at other times lyrical and soulful, but always inventive, tastefully crafted and beautifully nuanced — an absolute pleasure to listen to."
The Edge Malaysia
"a music extraordinaire"
BFM 89.9: The Business Station
" local six-string boy wonder"
The New Straits Times
"Technically impressive...utilizing the percussive potential of the guitar to great effect, something in the vein of guitarist Andy McKee."
All About Jazz
"This is one guy who can finger-pick, hold massive grape fruit-sized chords and make his guitar gently weep with the best."
"A rising acoustic guitarist"
"Az squeezes out a whole new sonic universe for the acoustic guitar." Pete Teo
"Az Samad produces works that are richly textured, poetic and atmospheric."
The New Straits Times
"a steel-string acoustic guitar maestro"
"undeniable talent..a one of a kind artist"
"an instrumental showcase of fretboard burning talent, bound together by image-inducing melodies and arrangements"
"immensely technical yet effortless fingerstyle"
"this guy here plays the acoustic guitar as if he was born with it."
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