|Brings new meaning to the term
"independent" musician...... Masterful....
Pat Walsh, Peekskill Herald
|Highly juiced.... aggressive, never tentative
or breezy..... florid solos built on powerful chords....
Eric Shepard, RC Jazz & Blues Society
That's how critics describe Veteran NY keyboard phenomenon Neil Alexander. Whether it's performing Stravinsky or Jeff Beck, playing synthesizers or harpsichord, and from blues to Bebop, Neil gives it his all. Primarily self-taught, Neil was performing, composing and arranging by age 14. He has just released “Tugging At The Infinite”, his 4th CD as bandleader with his contemporary electric/acoustic jazz ensemble “NAIL”. He has done sessions as both player and programmer, has composed for and/or been musical director for a variety of modern Dance and Avant Garde theater companies. He has received grants from Meet The Composer while composing for dance; performed works by Stravinsky, Ives, Cage (among others); managed his own ensembles both electric and acoustic; taught music clinics at both high school and college level in sequencing, sampling, and MIDI; produced concerts in both small venues and large outdoor settings; and done sound design and music concrete (including assembling sound effect libraries and live tape manipulation). He also spent ten years touring with the notoriously successful Pink Floyd Tribute "The Machine", where he contributed significantly to their signature live sound and subsequent success. In addition to NAIL he performs solo acoustically and/or electronically as “Logical Oscillator”. He has composed more than 200 works for small ensembles of various instrumentation. Neil and his group NAIL are members of both IAJE and Chamber Music America, and are involved in educational programs on both the High School and College Level.
Neil Alexander has performed and/or recorded with the following artists: Hudson valley Improviser’s Collective - A. Animal - 4Front - General Disturbance - Big Fun - Bumblefoot - Bob Meyer - Chainsaw Bear - Erik Lawrence - Fred Jacobs - Robert Kopec Trio - Nora McCarthy – Scott Weis Band - Alexander/Djuba/Kopec/Sharp - Mike Quick Band - Frank O’ the Mountain - Gunther Hampel - Kaliedoscope Dance Company - Lillie Howard - Marvin Bu-ga-lu Smith Project - Mick and the Maelstrom - Mirror - Olive and The Branch -Purchase Dance Corps - Soundance - Tal Ross (P-Funk) - The Adaptors Movement Theater - Virginia Dare - The Young Lions
Born in Queens in 1960, Neil was performing in bands by age 13; composing and arranging for big band at 14; and in the recording studio by 16. In addition to maintaining various original projects (starting in 1978), he has composed for and performed with multimedia theatrical productions (in which he also served as musical director); accompanied and composed for Modern dance since 1982, and penned more than 200 compositions for small ensemble.
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