Neil Alexander & NAIL

Neil Alexander & NAIL

Neil Alexander & NAIL - Biography

Led by synth wizard Neil Alexander, the all instrumental Neil Alexander & NAIL seeks to broaden the landscape of Jazz and improvised music. With stylistic diversity and fierce musicianship, they skillfully blend modern and traditional forms with experimental concepts and hi tech electronic music, fusing it into an grooving, accessible sound that's mesmerizing. Featuring bassist Jimmy Cammack (Ahmad Jamal) and drummer Nadav Zelniker, NAIL brings audiences a unique celebration of life and music. Their performance roster includes The Blue Note in NYC; opening for the likes of John Scofield, and performing at many other festivals and clubs. They're currently touring to support their 3rd CD "Tugging At The Infinite", featuring the smash hit "Everyman". They have recently added all acoustic shows, demonstrating their remarkable versatility.
      Starting with classical music at age 8, Keyboardist NEIL ALEXANDER fell in love with the sound of the synthesizer after hearing "Switched on Bach". It would be another 7 years before he got his first synth. From then on he spent as much time becoming an expert programmer as well as a first rate pianist. Listening to keyboard heavy bands like ELP, Yes and Genesis growing up, another significant change came when he first heard the Mahavishnu Orchestra: Jazz! Since then he has performed continuously for 30+ years. He works with music in all forms and styles from Composer/Arranger and Production of Live Sound to Musical Theater, Modern Dance and Film. Grants from NYSCA and Meet The Composer gave Neil the opportunity to continue building on his composing skills. Neil also teaches Master Classes in Synthesizer Programming and Music Performance Technology, and composes works for small ensembles. As an active musician he has recordings and/or a performance history with a variety of groups and artists such as Gunther Hampel, Tal Ross (P-Funk), Charles Haynes, Erik Lawrence, and The Adaptors Movement Theater. His classical repertoire includes works by Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and John Cage. He recently retired from 10 years with the Pink Floyd Tribute "The Machine", where he was a driving force in the group's success for ten years. Absorbing influences by the music and sounds of artists such as Zawinul, Jan Hammer, Eno, Bill Frisell and Bill Evans, Neil has forged a sound uniquely his own. In addition to NAIL, Neil does solo acoustic &  electronic performances (including "Logical Oscillator", performed on Laptop Computer and "Scene Re-seen", live electronic scoring of silent films).
    Drummer NADAV SNIR-ZELNICKER, who graduated with a BFA in music from the Jazz department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music in 2002.  He has performed in numerous venues and festivals around the US with such greats as Jon Faddis, Dr. Todd Coolman, Arthur Lipner, Stella Mars, Howard Wilson big-band, the Dekel Bor Trio, The Burr Johnson Band, and the Celtic-Fusion band "MacTalla Mo'r" among others. 
   

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City: Newburgh, NY
Country: AMERICA NORTH: USA: New York (NY)

My Influences

Jazz, rock, fusion, ambient, drum 'n' bass, Modern Classical

What I Sound Like

Fusion

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Total Plays: 167
Total Streams: 167
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