Adam Palma first started playing the guitar in 1986. His formal music education started in Poland some years later and in 1999 , he graduated from The Music Academy in Katowice, - Faculty of Jazz and Popular Music.
Adam has been working as a session guitarist since 1998 and has played with several of the best Polish jazz and pop musicians, singers, arrangers and composers, including some international artistes such as Tommy Emmanuel, Joscho Stephan, Martin Taylor, Gary Potter, Snake Davis, Chris de Burgh and Hamish Stuart (the Average White Band).
Influenced by a wide variety of musical styles from the rock of Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie van Halen, Doobie Brothers to the country of Albert Lee, Brent Mason, the acoustic guitar of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel, the jazz of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Miles Davies - still loves to have AC/DC and Frank Sinatra songs together in his car’s CD player
His work and experience is vast and includes:
- solo work and playing as a band member, performing throughout Europe, Canada and USA;
- recording experience, including TV and radio shows.
- responsibility for the guitar parts in Polish productions of “Grease”, “Cats” and “Dance of Vampires”.
- organisation and delivery of Music Workshops across Poland, UK and USA.
Although Adam claims he is a rock guitarist, his skills are diverse, and include fingerstyle acoustic guitar. After he had heard “The day of fingerpickers took over the world” by Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel in 2005, he began the journey of mastering this style. Recently his hard work was acknowledged by non less than the world famous Tommy Emmanuel, who has invited Adam to take part in the most prestigious guitar event in the world : The CAAS Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in Nashville in July 2009. A fantastic accolade for Adam and recognition from such a fingerstyle guitar master.
Having shared a living between Poland and UK since 2006, Adam is becoming firmly established as a brilliant guitar player, composer, arranger and teacher. His career will surely go from strength to strength.