Project Alcazar’s BIOGRAPHY
Chris Steberl - Guitar
Chris began playing the guitar at the age of 8 under encouragement by his parents. It wasn't until he heard the first Van Halen album and Eruption that he decided that playing the guitar was something he REALLY wanted to pursue. He played in several bands through high school moving to Florida after graduation and joined thrash metal band "Rapid Assassin" A couple years later Chris became more and more interested in the Shrapnel era players like Malmsteen, Becker, Macalpine, Kotzen and Paul Gilbert – from there he became more committed to becoming a serious player and songwriter as well.
He moved back to Columbus, Ohio where he formed his instrumental band "ALCAZAR". Being pretty much the ONLY instrumental band at the time they decided to take a shot at winning the Battle of the Bands @ The Al Rosa Villa back in 1989. They not only won the competition but unanimously swept the judges voting as well. The band went on to support such national acts as Foghat, Tony Macalpine, Greg Howe and Dream Theater on their ground breaking "Images and Words" tour.
The band released their debut 6 song EP "Visions and Spells" with a follow up "Gothic Belladonna" shortly after. Chris decided to release his own solo EP "Play Times Over" which he sent into Guitar 9s website and was featured in their spotlight column as an "up and coming artist to watch". Chris then put together some top-notch players from around the area and recorded "Reasons for a Decade" which eventually was released by the European record label Lion Music. The CD put Chris' name out amongst some the top players at the time. Chris went on to participate on several Lion compilation CDs with the most notable being one for Jason Becker in which he covered the song "Opus Pocus". Guitar World reviewed the CD and gave mention to Chris' emotional performance of the song. He also recorded "Electric Sun" for a Uli Jon Roth Tribute and "Manic Depression" for a Jimi Hendrix tribute with Lion.
BLOCK QUOTE"They not only won the competition but unanimously swept the judges voting as well. The band went on to support such national acts as Foghat, Tony Macalpine, Greg Howe and Dream Theater on their ground breaking "Images and Words" tour."
Chris then focused on his son and played in a number of cover bands around the Central Ohio area. He eventually grew tired of playing other peoples music night after night and decided to go back to his passion of writing and recording instrumental music. He entered the Sam Ash "Best in Shred" contest back in November 2014 and won the top prize to perform on stage with Steve Vai.
It seemed the time was right to move forward with a new instrumental release so he sought out bass player Matt Cistone, keyboard virtuoso Caleb Hutslar and drummer Doug Bryant to help him release "Chasin' Voodoo". The band went on to shoot a video for the single "Stranger Avenue" and was asked by Lion Music to record songs for 2 classical tributes to Beethoven and Handel. The band did videos for both songs as well "Ode to Joy" and "Water Music".
Currently the band is writing music for their next TBD CD release to be out towards the end of 2018. The band welcomes drummer Shane Willis to the band and is very excited about the new material that has been written thus far with Shane. Caleb Hutslar will be playing a huge part in teaming up with Chris to write the music for the new CD so expect Project Alcazars music to reach new levels of intensity and virtuosity this time around.
Caleb Hutslar - Keyboard
Caleb Hutslar was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and music crowds first discovered his over the top style of playing with his jazz/fusion band, Charged Particles. The band played for many years all over the surrounding area to rave reviews from magazines and newspapers. During this stretch Caleb also has shared the stage with guitar greats such as Al Dimeola and Stanley Jordan and has performed with iconic jazz drummers Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Yellowjackets, Steps Ahead), Dennis Chambers (Santana, Blue Matter Band) Caleb also double headlined with Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).
Once you listen to his playing you quickly recognize his specialty is his high tech, complex, and emotional keyboard performances and compositions. Caleb has now become a instrumental part of the creative songwriting process with Project Alcazar which fans of progressive metal and rock will immediately notice when the new album is released in 2018.