To many, Yngwie Malmsteen is a musical genius. A maestro in his own right, a musician who creates art with his guitar, figuratively speaking, of course. But starting on June 18, the description of Malmsteen as an artist is going to be a literal one as well.
With the help of SceneFour, a Los Angeles based visual art team led by artist Ravi Dosaj with conceptual artist Cory Danziger, SceneFour is a creativity house that produces fine art collaborations with music visionaries. In their short albeit ample, four-year history, SceneFour has partnered with some pretty notable musicians on art collaborations, the likes of Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Helmet, and more, the team also unveiled an ongoing “rhythm on canvas” series featuring master drummers like Matt Sorum of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver, Stephen Perkins of Janes Addiction, Jose Pasillas of Incubus, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Steve Smith of Journey, Will Calhoun of Living Colour, Dave Lombardo of Philm (and formerly Slayer), and others
Malmsteen's art and his participation in this collaboration is being hailed as a monumental, pioneering effort. His art collection built from guitar performance is said to be creating a whole new medium of art that is "abstract, vivid and highly limited," per the Yngwie Malmsteen Art website, where fans can sign up for a mailing list that will offer more information on the artwork as well as a glimpse of the collection before the official, public release. Highly limited, and probably highly expensive, as most art is - but if inspired by Malmsteen's own gifted method of creation, it's sure to be quite special, if not stunning.
In addition to his fine art collection debut, Malmsteen is also currently working on a new album. The forthcoming release will be his twentieth studio record, and a follow-up to his 2012 release Spellbound. In a recent interview with 3D Radio out of Australia, Malmsteen confirmed the effort in the making by saying: "Well, it's changed somewhat because [I have] my [own] recording studio now. And it's in my house. And it's not like a home studio; it's a full-blown studio. And it's in here. And I go in here and I see what happens. If I like what I hear, then I use it. If I don't like it, I don't use it. And in the past, I used to do demos. I would do demos, and rehearse it with the band and you rent the studio and go in and record it and so forth. It was a very different process because by the time it was actually recorded, it had gone through so many stages that the spontaneity was gone. Now, it's here now; it's here now. And it's a lovely thing."
If Malmsteen lovers need something to hold them over until the new album is released unto the metal world, they can check out one, or both, of his recent live products. A live CD entitled Spellbound Live In Tampa corresponded with a live DVD, Spellbound Live In Orlando, represented back-to-back Malmsteen concerts, and were released in September 2014. Both concert recordings reveal just how dynamic of a guitarist, musician, and performer Malmsteen is - still giving his all at every concert - and melting the faces off of everyone in view.
And as if the promise of a new Yngwie Malmsteen album isn't exciting enough, the hope of a tour to follow is pretty dreamy as well. Stay tuned to AXS for more information on Malmsteen's art and new album, as it becomes available.