Hello! My name is Neil Alexander. I'm a Jazz pianist, synthesist and composer. I provide hi quality electric & acoustic jazz-based music both as a solosit and with several groups.
As a soloist I can provide jazz at the piano as well as ambient electronic music, or a combination of piano with electronics ("new age"). As an ensemble leader, I have several groups including jazz trios, quartets & quintets, in both traditional acoustic & contemporary "electric" versions.
Since 1996 I've been the leader a group called NAIL. Our latest CD 'Tugging At The Infinite', is available on Spotify & iTunes.
I love music and am dedicated to bringing you the highest quality live music for your event.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 150 minutes
Unions: AFM, UUP
NEIL ALEXANDER is a Pianist, Synthesist, Keyboardist & Composer who has been performing professionally for 35+ years. He works with music in all forms and styles (including jazz, rock, funk, blues, electronica, ambient and contemporary classical). He is also active in Production, Live Sound engineering, Theater, Modern Dance and Film. In 2015 Neil was awarded Individual Artist Of The Year by the Orange County Arts Council.
Currently Neil is in several performing ensembles including"Neil Alexander & NAIL", “Mr. GONE“ and the Thunderhead Organ Trio. His most recent release is “Soft Invaders“, a set of synth driven ambient electronic pieces recorded during a live on-air performance on WPRB radio. In October of 2016 Neil will present his acoustic/electric Jazz trio in a concert of contemporary chamber works at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh NY.
As an active musician he has a recording and/or a performance history with a wide variety of groups and artists such as The Machine, The Mahavishnu Project, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Gunther Hampel, Tal Ross (P-Funk), Charles Haynes, Erik Lawrence, and The Adaptors Movement Theater. He composed extensively for Modern Dance, working with such Choreographers as Kevin Wynn, Molly Poerstel, Larry Clark, Lane Gifford and Jonathan Riedel, and frequently performs an all classical repertoire including works by Stravinsky, Charles Ives, John Cage, Bela Bartok and others. He frequently composes for SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance students and faculty, and his compositions have featured many times as part of the Conservatory’s Nanang Academy of Fine Arts exchange program in Singapore.
Neil’s other projects include an acoustic trio, Solo performances (both acoustic and/or electronic) and “Scene Re-seen”, live electronic scoring of silent films. In addition, Neil also teaches Master Classes in Synthesizer Programming and Music Performance Technology. Neil Alexander is currently endorsed by Moog Music.
Additional Booking Notes
Flat surface, Electric Power, protection from elements (Sun/Wind/Rain etc.)
Trios: Level surface (not grass), 8 x 6 foot minimum
Quartet or larger: 8 x 10 foot space, multiple outlets
Solo: 6 x 6 space; electrical outlet; if out doors in Shade (or under cover).
I'f I"m using your piano please make sure it is functional and in tune. Otherwise I'm happy to bring my own electric keyboard.
Influences & Inspiration
Influences include: Bill Evans, Weather Report, Bill Frisell, Keith Jarret, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Brian Eno, Squarepusher, Charlie Haden, Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield, Duke Ellington, Yes, Tribal Tech, John McLaughlin, David Bowie, etc etc
Electricity; Flat surface (floor, stage - NOT grass)
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