About

Guitarist Φ Composer 



Under the radar guitarist, singer and composer Phi Yaan-Zek has recorded and performed with the likes of Mike Keneally, Ron Thal (Bumblefoot), Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Andy Edwards, Steve Lawson and Lalle Larsson among others. With 8 solo CD releases to his name since 1997, Phi’s dynamic musical vision dances yin-yang style between the polarities of passionate, dark intensity and warm, otherworldly playfulness. His music has been described as blending the intricate West Coast rock guitar sounds of pioneers such as Frank Zappa and Steve Vai, with British off-kilter eccentricity exemplified by XTC, Cardiacs, Gentle Giant, while adding a touch of cinematic grandeur that draws upon elements of Steven Wilson, John Barry and Igor Stravinsky. The musical result is a simmering cauldon of visionary, upbeat sounds that Phi likes to call ‘Adventure Rock’.


Some selected Interviews:

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Φ Discography:

  • 'Reality Is My Play Thing’ (Age Of Wonder 2018 )
  • ‘Play My Strange Thing’ (Age Of Wonder 2018)
  • 'Deeper With The Anima' (with Marco Minnemann) (Age Of Wonder 2012)
  • 'Dance With The Anima' (with Marco Minnemann) (Age Of Wonder 2010)
  • 'Solar Flare' (Geomagnetic Records 2005) 
  • 'Wisdom Of The Ancients' Soundtrack Album (WOTA 2004/Remastered Age Of Wonder 2017) 
  • 'Holotropic Guitar EP' (Cydonia Records 2000)
  • 'Anomalies' (Cydonia Records 1997/ Remixed Geomagnetic Records 2007)
  • 'Worlds Beyond Cause' (Cydonia Records 1997)


Φ Other Projects:

  • Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards & Phi Yaan-Zek - 'Ley Lines III - Live At Worley's’ (Age Of Wonder 2018)
  • Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards & Phi Yaan-Zek - 'Ley Lines II' (Age Of Wonder 2016)
  • Steve Lawson and Phi Yaan-Zek - 'The Quiet After The Drums' (2016)
  • Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards & Phi Yaan-Zek - 'Ley Lines' (Age Of Wonder 2015)
  • Symbiant - 'Eclipse & Desire' (1996-2001)
  • Souce - 'The Fountain Of You' (2001)
  • Julius Crab - 'Is There' (Cydonia Records 1997)
  • The Cosmic Monstrositors (GFP Recordings 1994/ Remastered Cydonia Records 2000)


Φ Compilations & Guest Solos:

  • Carl King - ‘Grand Architechs Of The Universe’ (2017) - guitar solo and voice
  • Gianluca Ferro - 'Unheimlich' (SG Records 2010) - guest solo on 'Bipolar Zombie'
  • OSV - 'Chapter 3' (2010)
  • Stefan Rosqvist Band - 'The Guitar Diaries' (Liquid Note Records 2008) - guest solo on 'Decisions'
  • VA - 'The Alchemists Vol 2' (Liquid Note Records 2007) - 'The Puffball That Ate My Village'
  • VA - 'The Alchemists Vol 1' (Liquid Note Records 2002) - 'Out In The Boonies' (Original Version)
  • VA - 'Warmth In The Wilderness - A Tribute To Jason Becker' (Lion Music 2001) - 'Air' (with Lalle Larsson)
  • VA- 'Guitarapalooza Vol 2' (2001) - 'Mister Phi (G’palooza Mix)'


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© Phi Yaan-Zek 2018