Neil (Nail) Alexander – Keys
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 “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 presented the “X Ensemble”, a new acoustic/electric group in a concert of original 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. 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. A 2nd solo piano CD, culled from a live performance, is due out in 2016. from 1996 – 2011 Neil promoted and managed his own modern music ensemble “NAIL” with whom he has produced 4 discs, the most recent entitled “Tugging at The Infinite”. After a 5 year hiatus NAIL returned to the stage with a performance at the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival in the summer of 2015. 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.