New York (November 8, 2011)—Guitarist/producer Steve Vai will receive the Les Paul Award at the 27th Annual TEC Awards, January 20, at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
Co-presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio and NAMM, the TEC Awards recognizes “outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design.”
The Les Paul Award was established in 1991 to honor musical artists who have had distinguished careers as innovators in the creative application of audio technology. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Brian Wilson, Peter Gabriel, Lindsey Buckingham, Herbie Hancock, Al Kooper, Steve Miller, Robbie Robertson and others.
A student of Joe Satriani at age 12, Steve Vai began his professional music career working with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured and recorded before launching his solo career. Since his album Passion and Warfare, released in 1990, Vai’s work has led to sales of over 15 million records and earned multiple Grammys.
Vai has recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake, and has worked with a variety of musicians including Joe Satriani, Joe Jackson, Janice Ian, Steve Lukather, Alice Cooper, Gerry Rafferty, The Yardbirds and Mary J. Blige. He has composed for and/or performed on original soundtracks for films such as Crossroads, Encino Man, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, PCU and Crazy, and video games including Halo 2 and Guitar Hero 3. His latest live album and DVD are both titled Where the Wild Things Are.
Steve Vai has received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musician’s Institute, and is also involved with many organizations. He founded the record label Favored Nations for musicians who, in Vai’s words, “have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.” He has also served as a Trustee for the Recording Academy, is on the board of Hollywood Arts, and works closely with his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education.
The TEC Awards