alexad72Alex Skolnick heads the jazz guitar group Alex Skolnick Trio and the acoustic world music ensemble Planetary Coalition, and is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, which he joined at 16. He has a BFA from the New School, where he studied jazz, philosophy and creative writing. He’s been a guest soloist for Rodrigo y Gabriela (appearing on their album 11:11), as well as participating in numerous other collaborations. He runs the popular blog Skolnotes and his first book, Geek to Guitar Hero, was published in 2013.

Alex says of his early musical leadings, “When I first heard music and when I first saw musical performers on television and then later live, I was completely transfixed.  Mainly because these people were incredibly expressive and they could express emotions. It’s funny because years later when I heard heavy metal, I think it captured how I felt being trapped by this monotone, unexpressive world.”

Alex and his band will be performing two concerts – a metal show AND a jazz set, and he will be offering a FREE guitar clinic on board, as well as attending the Rocktail party, and a photo op!

2 Performances
1 60-minute Guitar Workshop
1 Professional Photo opportunity with each passenger
Rocktail Party (only for the 75 Platinum VIP holders)