Seven-string guitarist and vocalist Maximillian Rudd delivers a dynamic show of original music based on his eclectic array of Brazilian, blues and roots influences.
Maximillian Rudd is a young Aussie guitarist at the forefront of an international Brazilian guitar explosion. Alongside his Brazilian seven-string guitar, Maximillian is hard at the coalface, experimenting with the unlikely fusion of Latin American, jazz, blues and roots influences.
An accomplished guitarist with formal training in classical and jazz at the prestigious Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Maximillian has extensively pursued the music of Brazil both in Australia and in South America. Maximillian’s sound is uniquely his own, arising from his eclectic musical journey, beginning the guitar at the age of seven and intensely developing his craft ever since. Maximillian’s edge resides in his undisputed instrumental ability, which has become the trademark of his live set.
Maximillian has played at some of Victoria’s premier music festivals, such as Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and St Kilda Festival, and appeared as a support act at Melbourne Zoo Twilights. In late 2017, he released his debut album Maximillian, which was co-produced by veteran Aussie singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd. 2018 has proved his busiest year yet, as Maximillian joined Xavier Rudd on both his national Walk Away single tour in April, and his Storm Boy album launch campaign, a twelve-show tour covering some of Australia’s best and biggest live music venues, including Melbourne’s Forum Theatre and Sydney’s The Enmore.
Born and raised on Victoria’s Surf Coast and now based in Melbourne, Maximillian is becoming a familiar face in the local live music scene.
Debut album Maximillian released in 2017
Maximillian’s first original release showcases his technical prowess and understated compositional style, with its simple melody adorned with colourful harmony, and its rhythmic interest residing in its inherent Brazilian influences. Playing a Brazilian seven-string guitar, Maximillian is undeniably a student of the ‘violão brasileiro,’ the great tradition of Brazilian guitar, taking his place as a burgeoning outsider amongst a lineage of Brazilian guitarists and musical innovators, from Baden Powell, to Raphael Rabello and beyond. Like a musical magpie, Maximillian meticulously collects and absorbs his musical influences which, outside of Brazil, include American guitarist Leo Kottke. Beyond its Latin American flair resides an unmistakable New Orleans grit and ragtime exuberance, giving rise to his rendition of Randy Newman’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me,’ and the Delta inspired original single, ‘Waited So Long.’
As an instrumentalist and occasional vocalist, Maximillian’s performance engages with seasoned ears, hinting at the ‘this and that’ of modern guitar culture, sewing it all together with the subtle creativity of an eclectic musical upbringing. The album draws together the ever-colliding worlds of the Americas, from New Orleans southward bound, rendering it a series of portraits within which listeners can glimpse the nuances of music’s global mobility in the modern era of mass media, from the personal perspective of a young Australian artist.