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“, “Cloudburst“, the “X Ensemble”, “Mr. GONE“ and the Thunderhead Organ Trio, and performs experimental electronic music under the name “Nail Jung“. His most recent self produced CD releases include “Check Your Vibration” (Nail Jung), “Solos/Duos/Trios” (Neil Alexander) and 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 Chamber music group in a concert of contemporary and original chamber works at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh NY. In 2018 they 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 Rez Abbasi, 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.
Neil has also been involved in Modern Dance and Ballet, as a composer and accompanist, 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 where he worked from 1992-2019. His compositions have featured many times as part of the Conservatory’s Nanang Academy of Fine Arts exchange program in Singapore.
From 1999 Neil promoted and managed his own modern music ensemble “Neil Alexander & NAIL”. in 2019 NAIL celebrated 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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|04/30/21||Beacon, NY||Night Flight Music Live|
|Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Online at nightflightmusiclive.com. At long last, we are happy to announce a performance date for Convergence: Series A – and that date is Friday April 30th. We will premier this piece as part of a new series called “Night Flight Music Live” and will be live-streaming out of Cassandra Studios in Beacon NY. The stream will go out on right here, as well as on Neil Alexander’s Youtube channel and our Facebook Page. With the composition nearly complete, we have begun scheduling rehearsals. Titled “Convergence: Series A” this new work explores the crossing of genre and texture in 5 movements, and features an 8 piece ensemble of amazing musicians. Originally scheduled for June 2020, this World Premiere event will take place on Friday April 30th. Convergence: Series A also examines the life of a small community within the context of a larger urban setting. Drawn from my own experiences in Newburgh NY, some of the themes explored are images of community life including meals, family, work and celebrations. A intentionally “variable” group, For this performance the X Ensemble will be slightly reconfigured and include 3 strings, 2 winds, keyboards and multiple percussionists. The lineup is: Fung Chern Hwei – Violin Daniel Blair Frankhuizen – Cello Peter Brendler – Contrabass Brad Hubbard – Baritone Saxophone, Flute and Bass Clarinet Steven Frieder – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet Todd Isler – drum set, hand percussion Angel Michael Lau – percussion Neil Alexander – Piano, Synthesizers Video excerpts from the rehearsals will posted when available.|