This Day In Rock 30.06.2016
Born on June 30, 1963 into a musical family in Stockholm, Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck) was the youngest child in the family. On September 18, 1970, at age seven, he saw a TV special on the death of Jimi Hendrix that made him obsessed with the guitar. To quote his official website, "The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born".
He claims that Yngwie (pronounced "ING-VAY") means "young Viking chief" in Swedish. Technically it is a variation of Yngvi, who founded the House of Yngling, which is the oldest known Swedish dynasty.
Malmsteen was in his teens when he first encountered the music of the 19th century violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, whom he cites as his biggest classical influence. Through his emulation of Paganini concerto pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Brian May of Queen, Steve Hackett of Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple as influences.
No Swedish musician has made such an impact as Yngwie Malmsteen. His finesse, attitude and fantastic guitar playing was unparalleled when he surfaced in the early 1980's.
Anyway, depending on who you ask Yngwie Malmsteen is either a genius or an arrogant copycat.
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 2015, the description of Malmsteen as an artist is going to be a literal one as well, with the help of the creativity house Scene Four, a Los Angeles based visual art team led by artist Ravi Dosaj with conceptual artist Cory Danziger. Scene Four produces fine art collaborations with music visionaries.
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.