NEIL ALEXANDER is a world renowned Pianist, Synthesist, Keyboardist & Composer who 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 “NAIL“, “Mr. GONE“ and the Thunderhead Organ Trio, and performs experimental electronic music under the name “Nail Jung”. His most recent release is a pair of live recordings – A Solo Piano performance of the “Rite Of Spring” from 2013, and a live performance by NAIL at the Blue Note in NYC. In October of 2016 Neil premiered the “X Ensemble“, an 11 piece acoustic/electric Jazz group in a concert of contemporary chamber works at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh NY. They recently appeared at the Interactive art festival “Dusklit” in Sugar Loaf NY where they performed a site specific work played at the moment of Sunset.
As an active musician he has a recording and/or a performance history with a wide variety of groups and artists such as Pee Wee Ellis, The Machine, The Mahavishnu Project, Joe Lovano, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Gunther Hampel, Tal Ross (P-Funk), Charles Haynes, Erik Lawrence, and The Adaptors Movement Theater. He composes extensively for Modern Dance, working with such Choreographers as Kevin Wynn, Molly Poerstel, Larry Clark, Lane Gifford and Jonathan Riedel, as well as SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance students and faculty. His compositions have featured many times as part of the Conservatory’s Nanang Academy of Fine Arts exchange program in Singapore.
From 1996 – 2011 Neil promoted and managed his own modern music ensemble “NAIL”. This year NAIL celebrates their 20th anniversary with multiple shows around the region. Their most recent CD is titled “Live at the Blue Note“.
From 2012-2013 Neil performed a solo piano concert series titled “100 Years Of Spring“, celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky’s “Rite Of Spring” with a stunning solo piano arrangement, and released his 1st solo piano CD “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1” to critical acclaim. Volume 2 was released in March of 2018 and featured a live recording of “Le Sacre”.
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 teaches Master Classes in Synthesizer Programming and Music Performance Technology and heads up the Ableton Hudson Valley Users Group.
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Upcoming shows organized by BAND
(for a chronological calendar go HERE)
|10/20/19||Beacon, NY||Pete & Toshi Riverfront Park|
|Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2 Red Flynn Dr. Eric Person Quartet at the Pumpkin Festival! Robert Kopec, Brian Kopchak, Eric P & I will be terrorizing the locals with fierce jazz improvisations. Can I get a witness? Yes! More info|
|10/26/19||Cold Spring, NY||Hops On The Hudson Beer & Cider Fest|
|Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $58. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Mayor’s Park/55 Fair St. I”ll be performing with saxophonist Mike Antonelli’s group at this year’s “Hops On The Hudson” Beer & Cider Festival. Meet over 50 NY Breweries – “The Rockstars will be here!!” (whatever that means) – Sample over 100 TAPS!! $58 general admission gets you: 3.5 hour Beer & Cider sampling Food Trucks Hatchet Throwing CornHole Mania Amazing Raffle Artisans/Vendors Graffiti Tables (for the artist in you). Plus multiple bands all day. Should be pretty wild! Buy Tickets|
|Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 119 Liberty St. It’s another edition of 4th Saturday Jazz – this time with the amazing rhythm section of Jimmy Cammack (bass and Terry Silverlight (drums). No cover!|
|Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 119 Liberty St. Another edition of 4th Saturday Jazz! Steven Frieder & Bbob Meyer return to the Wherehouse to make some serious noise with me. 🙂 No Cover!|
|11/02/19||Marlboro, NY||The Falcon Undergound|
|Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1348 Route 9W. NAIL returns to the Falcon Underground as our 20th Anniversary tour continues. Nadav Zelniker (drums), Brian Mooney (bass) and I will be joined by Peter Furlan (saxophones) and special guest Beledo on guitar.|
|11/16/19||Allendale, NJ||Skipfest at Trinity Episcopal Church|
|Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 55 George St. Massive show! Violinist Joe Denizon opens; then Neil Alexander & Joe will perform a short duo set. Then NAIL performs with special guest Burr Johnson. Doors open at 3pm; Joe performs at 4; NAIL at 6:30. Afterwards an open acoustic jam led by Wayne Scott Farly. Food will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring food to share. And we will be celebrating of Skip’s birthday! Family friendly, all ages permitted; Alchohol and other recreational substance not permitted on the premises. Suggested Donation $20. For more info call or text 201 851 3908.|
|11/30/19||Stone Ridge, NY||Lydia’s Cafe & Bar|
|Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 7 Old US Highway 209. Venue phone: 845-687-6373. Another show in our 20th Anniversary series. Brian Mooney, Nadav Z and I are joined once again by Peter Furlan on reeds.|
|Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 330 Main St. Venue phone: (845) 202-7447. Fried Funk returns to Quinn’s. With Steven Frieder, Walker Adams, Sam Smith & Neil Nail Alexander Attend to hear famous FF compositions like “Jammin at Quinn’s” at Quinn’s! NOVEMBER 1ST More info|
|11/06/19||Woodstock, New York||Catskill Mountain Pizza|
|Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 51 Mill Hill Road Woodstock, New York 12498. Venue phone: (845) 679-7969. Rescheduled from July – I’ll be hitting with Rich Syracuse and Jeff Siege Siegel at the wonderful Catskill Mountain Pizza.|