The NAIL-ing List: Neil Alexander's News & Happenings from the world of NAIL
Welcome to the September 2016 issue of
The NAILing List
Neil Alexander's Performances, Workshops and other bits...
September already? It feels like i just did the August newsletter 2 weeks ago. Wow that went fast...!
August was amazing, including studio work & gigs with Eric Hill (pictured above), The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble, Ras T, producer Angelo Quaglia, plus the usual suspects - Mr Gone & the Thunderhead Organ Trio. Once again I am grateful for so many great opportunities.
September brings me back to the Dance Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where I've just started my 25th year. Plenty going on this month - shows include Peter Furlan's quartet at Maureen's Jazz Cellar in Nyack, Cloudburst, the Thunderhead Organ Trio and much more. We also have the return of our Liberty Street House Concerts and the introduction of the Wired Wednesday Performance Series.
Here's what's up in September:
This Labor Day, Monday September 5, 2016 I'll be hitting the stage in Woodstock NY to perform with ras T & FRENZI - a brand new group playing classic Funk, R&B & Reggae. FRENZI features Ras T Asheber singing lead vocals with Amit Shamir (drums), Ted Orr (guitar), Michael Colletti (bass), Neil on keys & Naomi Leslie singing back up vocals
It's all happening at the Woodstock Lodge. Doors 5pm, and the music starts at 6pm. There's a $5 cover, but I hear there's great food & drink. Tickets available Here. :)
2 SHOWS THIS MONTH!
Thursday September 8th 8:00 pm
Thursday September 29th 8:00 pm
CLOUDBURST Tony Parker - Mike Colletti - Neil Alexander
Catskill Mountain Pizza
51 Mill Hill Road Woodstock NY
2 Shows this month!
This band is all about having a damn good time, playing some of our favorite Groove, Funk & Fusion tunes by Herbie, Weather Report, Billy Cobham, plus select jazz standards given our special treatment. And - Catskill Mountain Pizza has AWESOME food. No cover.
Once again I'm pleased to be performing at the area's premiere electronic music event, the Electro-Music Festival in Greenkill NY. Now in its 12th year, this three day conference/music festival includes concerts, seminars, demonstrations, jam sessions, a swap meet, and a laptop battle. The scope is very broad, covering all aspects of electro-music: experimental electronic music, circuit bending, computer music, electro-jazz, modular synthesis, musique concrete, improvisation, algorithmic composition, multi-media, visual art and much more. The focus is always on participant involvement, sharing, community development, audience education, and great music. This year I'll be joined by my friend Chris Reiche [DJ Dee Flash] who's been working with me over at the Ableton HV user's group and during the Wired Wednesday Summer Intensive. While it's a 3 day festival, I'll only be there for Saturday, going on sometime after 11 pm! Tickets available Here.
Onewayness/ dRachEmUsiK/ ModulaterESP 3 established Electronic Music artists playing in continuously shifting solo/duo/trio configurations.
Nita & I are very excited to bring you the newest program in the ongoing LIBERTY STREET HOUSE CONCERT series. This concert is part of "Wired Wednesdays", a series of workshops and performances exploring electronic music production.
The performers are “Onewayness", "dRachEmUsiK" & "ModulaterESP”, 3 established Electronic Music artists teamed up for an East Coast tour. This performance is part of our ongoing Liberty Street House Concert series here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. This event starts at 6 pm; the Music starts at 7pm. There are two 45 minute sets with a break between for chatting and eating. Suggested donation is $10-$20 per person (going directly to the performers to support their tour). We are planning on streaming the performance live as well, over at www.concertwindow.com/spring100
THE PERFORMERS onewayness
is Adam Holquist: a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources.
is the solo project of award winning electronic musician, sound designer and producer Charles Shriner. Charles’ music combines a plethora of nuanced techniques in order to create groovy and meditative soundscapes; giving structure to improvisation. This style manifests itself into an organic and natural composition of a free flowing design resulting in improvisations and structured pieces ranging from ambient to glitch-groove, noise to nujazz.
is Jez Creek, He creates improvised experimental soundscapes using synthesizers, sampling, sequencing, looping and processing to create strange worlds of sound somewhere between ‘70s space music, noise and dark ambient drone. He produces a fortnightly show at electro-music.com called Adventures In Sound.
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Thursday September 15th 8:00 pm
119 Liberty Street Newburgh NY
Our 3rd Thursday Thing continues. Nadav Z, Joe G and I will be blasting off around 8 pm for our usual tour around the outer reaches of the solar system. Come out and partake of the fine food & drink at the Wherehouse while having your mind blown by the sounds. :) No cover!
Once again, I'll be hosting the Wired Wednesday Workshop series at the Newburgh Free Library. Always the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and always free. This month's topic will be.... well, I don't know yet, but a FB Event will be posted and my Website will be updated when I have the info. You can also follow the Ableton HV Users Group on twitter at @abletonhv. Stay tuned.
Friday September 23rd 9:00pm
Peter Furlan Quartet
Maureen's Jazz Cellar 2 North Broadway Nyack NY
Our very good friend pianist David Budway has finally opened his new club "Maureen's Jazz Cellar" in Nyack NY. Maureen's features world class live jazz in an intimate setting, and I'm happy to be on the 1st month's schedule as part of my good friend Pete Furlan's Quartet, along with Mike Richmond (bass) & Terry Silverlight (drums).
Saturday September 24th 10 pm
Harmony Cafe 52 Mill Hill Road Woodstock NY
Another super fun night of the best funk jams around - tunes by Maceo, Miles, Meters and more. This band gets really funked up! 10pm, no cover.
Now you can download my entire CD catalog - that's ELEVEN releases (11!) - all at the same time on my Bandcamp site for ONLY $4 BUCKS! Cheap! Grab 'em now, not sure how long I'll keep this offer open for. :)
"SOFT INVADERS" - Physical CD's NOW AVAILABLE! Go To Music.nailmusic.com to order this limited edition CD in "ecologically neutral" packaging (a simple cardboard sleeve) for only $7.
Recorded live on "Music With Space" on WPRB radio in October of last year; as always, pay what you want - even free to download or order the disc!
"A SAMPLING OF WORLDS" - a retrospective collection featuring tracks from 18 years worth of recorded music. Also contains an unreleased track "Spring is Here", recorded live in 2010.