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Neil 'Nail' Alexander

US Newburgh, NY Jazz / Funk / Fusion / Alternative ...
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Sounds Like: Pat Metheny, Weather Report, Jan Hammer, John Scofield, Squarepusher

Label: Pdog Records

Manager: Neil Alexander

Bio: “All music is crossover”, says Neil Alexander, a Jazz Synthesist and composer from Newburgh, NY. He knows what he’s talking about, having played thousands of gigs in about every style in 30+ years of making music. He’s had ample opportunity to see where different styles intersect and how music cr... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: New 4 U: The West Coast Wrangler http://t.co/y8jodrKp4P on #SoundCloud

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“..(Neil Alexander) hits Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Electronic forms with with equal virtuosity. I hit a couple of other links of your work that I'd never heard. ALL incredibly well done. BRAVO... again! - Craig McCornock, via internet”
—  Craig McCornock, The Interwebz
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  • 2013

    Aug 10


    Beacon, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Beacon, NY, US
    Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:00pm

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    100 Years of Spring: A Celebration of Community, Food and Stravinsky with Pianist Neil Alexander & Common Ground Farm. Beacon, NY, August 10, 2013, 8:00 pm. The Howland Cultural Center will host an evening of acoustic music and a perspective on the current flourish of food farming initiatives in the area. Pianist Neil Alexander will perform his solo transcription of Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring', other period works by Gershwin & Bartok and a collection of Jazz standards, original compositions and improvisations. Interspersed within the program, a look at fresh harvested local food, a prize drawing, special guests including violinist Rachel Evans and more as Neil Alexander invites the community farm and education organization Common Ground Farm to join his Hudson Valley presentation of '100 Years of Spring'. May 29, 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the premier of Stravinsky's 'Le Sacre du Printemps' (The Rite of Spring). This music masterpiece is an artistic representation of primitive sacrifice to the vernal forces so important to the life of our planet. In addition to conventional classical music venues, '100 Years of Spring' is appearing in farm/food markets and other places notable for enhancing environmental sustainability. These performances are part of an effort to bring music, originally directed at audiences of elite society, to places of public gathering where social division is less significant. "100 Years of Spring", seeks to honor the centennial of the premiere while connecting the concept of spring with sustainability and local food & farms. As a long time supporter of Common Ground Farm and former member of their initial Community Supported Agriculture program, Alexander considered this Howland Cultural Center performance an obvious choice to help Common Ground raise awareness and supplemental funding for their programs. Common Ground Farm, a community staple for many years, evolved as an organization to become a nonprofit farm project growing food for education and food justice programs. 'Our education programs, workshops, and Summer Camp bring children and adults opportunities to learn about sustainable farming, local food, and environmental stewardship.' This summer the Farm's Mobile Market ' staffed by the Green Teens -- is traveling the area bringing low cost, CGF- grown vegetables to low income housing areas. Children who might otherwise go without are receiving regular lunches from the Kids 'R Kids Summer Feeding Program, which includes donated vegetables from the Farm as well as activities for the kids each week with a local chef. The Farm is regularly delivering vegetables for Salvation Army Lunches and to the St. Andrew's & St. Luke's Food Pantry. The Farm's Food Justice programs make local, organically grown, fresh produce available to everyone, regardless of income. In 1966, a young boy sat in a movie theater & watched the evolution of life and the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, accompanied by incredible music. The film was Walt Disney's 'Fantasia', the music, Igor Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' and the young boy was Neil Alexander. The pounding rhythms and striking dissonances etched themselves into his subconscious, influencing & informing his musical life for decades to come. A 1985 NYU performance of the four-hand version with Pianist Bradley Kaus inspired Neil's 15-year process of condensing four hands to his own two-hand (plus one foot) arrangement. Neil premiered his solo transcription in 2001 at the Howland Cultural Center. Neil is known widely for his electric keyboard work with groups like "The Machine" & 'The Mahavishnu Project" and has a recording, performance, and composition history with Tony 'Thunder' Smith, Gunther Hampel, Alphonse Mouzon, Marvin 'Bugalu' Smith and many others. His most recent release, 'Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1? is currently available. The Howland Cultural Center is at 477 Main St. Admission is $20; $15 for students and seniors. The Farm is a community resource; all are welcome to visit the fields, volunteer, learn, and gather together for the common good. Learn more about the Farm's mission and programs at their website http://www.commongroundfarm.org by calling (845) 231-4424 or by emailing membership@commongroundfarm.org '100 Years of Spring' is a sponsored project of Artspire, a program of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. www.100yearsofspring.org.

  • 2013

    Jul 13


    Kingston, NY, US | 8:00pm
    San Severia
    Kingston, NY, US
    Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:00pm

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    MR GONE's 2nd Hudson Valley appearance, presented by Kingston Festival of the Arts Playing the music of WEATHER REPORT and Herbie Hancock's HEADHUNTERS, Mr. Gone celebrates the psychedelic groove side of 70's Electric jazz with funky tunes and extended improvisations. WITH: Peter Furlan - Saxophones Terry Silverlight - Drums Kermit Driscoll - Bass Neil Alexander - Keyboards A swinging, grooving good time is guaranteed for all. Admission is $12. Show starts at 8 pm.

  • 2013

    Jun 16


    San Pedro, CA, US | 4:00pm

    San Pedro, CA, US
    Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:00pm

    Details

    Neil Alexander brings his landmark Stravinsky transcription to Alva's Showroom in San Pedro CA. In addition to featuring Neil’s solo acoustic piano arrangement of “Le Sacre”, the “100 Years of Spring “ program includes works by Gershwin, Bartok and excerpts from his new solo piano CD “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1”. $20 at the door. http://100yearsofspring.org

  • 2013

    Jun 14


    San Pedro, CA, US | 7:30pm

    San Pedro, CA, US
    Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:30pm

    Details

    Peaceland Music presents “1-2-Go!?!” ~ All-Out Open-Heart Jazz Fusion Improvisation with Fullonthropy featuring: Legendary Grandfather of Fusion Drumming Alphonse Mouzon; James Musser (Guitar/GuitarSynth), JoEllyn Musser (Inspired Movement), Neil Nail Alexander (Keyboards), Doug Lunn (Bass). Special Guest: David Norwood (Inspired Movement). Two Shows, 8p and 9:30pm, $20 per show or $30 for both. Please call 310-650-4021 for advanced ticket reservation. www.Fullonthropy.com Also related, Neil Alexander's "Rite of Spring" solo piano concert on Sunday, June 16, (Father's Day) at Alvas. http://100yearsofspring.com https://www.facebook.com/events/195086620639092/

  • 2013

    Apr 26


    Montclair, NJ, US | 7:00pm

    Montclair, NJ, US
    Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:00pm

    Details

    The Music of Weather Report & Wayne Shorter with Mr Gone and the Rockland Youth Jazz Enesmble. Mr Gone is: Peter Furlan (sax) - Neil Alexander (keys) - Peter Brendler (bass) - Terry Silverlight (drums) - Anthony Almonte (percussion)

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    Wonderful...Accessible....it a rare commodity when technique, popular form and composition contains strong elements of the spiritual less encumbered side of expression. An...
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    Sweet sonic - Nail ! Peace from Sunny Detroit City !
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    Great tune's! ...Very Enjoyable! When you get a chance would you listen to a tune & fan us back. it would be greatly appreciated. All the best from Overnight Collides
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    Heyyyy.. Cool stuff - like me, https://www.facebook.com/mobicmusic Thx.. The Album "MEIN BLICKWINKEL" now obtainable at Amazon and Musicload . You will find the ...
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    It was only a few seconds into your first song that I was amazed and my amazement continued. Phenomenal work!
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Q: How - given just how huge the range of things you can do with a keyboard instrument is - did you decide to focus on the guitar-like melodic stuff that you play with Nail? I love it :)
A: It kind of just happened... I was strongly influenced by early 70's synthesists like Pat Moraz, Keith Emerson and more; specifically Jan Hammer and his incredible pitch bending technique. His album "Black Sheep" featured extensive "guitar" trax, all done on a custom Minimoog. Couple that with my love of the guitar - John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, Scofield - I found myself taking the synth further & further into "guitar land".

Asked by Steve Lawson. Answered on Sat Jul 14 2012

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