Karl Weismantel is a guitarist and vocalist living in Gainesville, FL. He has performed professionally since 1988 across the South East and abroad. His guitar playing is based in the jazz tradition, influenced by Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny, and his vocal style is influenced by Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick and Ella Fitzgerald. Mr. Weismantel performs regularly in a variety of formats, from solo performer and as the leader of groups, from duo to large ensemble. His performance repertoire is gorunded in the jazz and American standard song books but also includes popular music such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, a bit of Motown and R & B, Bossa Nova and Latin styles, depending on the occasion and ensemble. In addition to jazz and pop, Mr. Weismantel also performs solo classical guitar regularly, playing music ranging from the late Renaissance and Baroque periods (Luis Milan, Francis Couperin, J.S. Bach) to 20th century Latin composers such as Villa-Lobos, Moreno-Torroba and Brouwer.
Mr. Weismantel received his B.A. in Jazz performance and arranging in 1991 from the University of North Florida, where he studied with Professors Jack Petersen, Bunky Green, and Bill Prince. From 1991-1996, he performed across the state of Florida, from the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island to venues such as the Clevelander in South Beach, Miami, as well as in the Caribbean and Central America while working on the Sky Princess cruise ship (the actual Love Boat).
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Weismantel lived in Atlanta, GA and played extensively, as a leader and side man, performing at the Olympic Village for the 1996 Olympics, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta-Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Fox Theater, High Museum etc. In 2003 Mr. Weismantel returned to Florida to attend Florida State University, where he taught classes on computer based music composition and guitar lessons while completing his Masters in Music in Jazz Studies. While at F.S.U. he studied with the great jazz pianist Marcus Roberts as well as classical guitar with Professor Bruce Holzman.
In 2005, Mr. Weismantel returned to his hometown, Gainesville, FL. where he has resided since. He recorded his debut CD as a leader in his personal studio, 'In Hand', which was released in 2008. 'In Hand' is a trio album with a mix of instrumental and vocal jazz featuring unique arrangements and a variety of electric and acoustic guitars. Mr. Weismantel continues to perform regularly in the North and Central Florida and is in the process of recording an album of original music and an album of solo guitar, featuring both jazz and classical compositions.