Primarily self-taught, Jazz Pianist & Synthesist Neil Alexander was performing, composing and arranging by age 14. He has just released Tugging At The Infinite, his 4th CD as bandleader with his contemporary electric/acoustic jazz ensemble NAIL. Neil has done sessions as both player and programmer, has composed for and/or been musical director for a variety of Modern Dance and Avant Garde theater companies. He has received grants from Meet The Composer; performed works by Stravinsky, Ives, Cage (among others); managed his own ensembles both electric and acoustic; taught music clinics at both high school and college level in sequencing, sampling, and MIDI; produced concerts in both small venues and large outdoor settings; and done sound design and music concrete (including assembling sound effect libraries and live tape manipulation). Neil has composed more than 200 works for small ensembles. He spent ten years touring with the notoriously successful Pink Floyd Tribute "The Machine", where he contributed significantly to their signature live sound and subsequent success. In addition to NAIL he performs solo acoustically and electronically, and is involved with several different ensembles including the Inner Music Ensemble, a live ambient music collective.
Neil Alexander & Nail is a hi-tech blend of Jazz, Funk, Rock, Electronica and Ambient music. Combining all these elements with cutting edge electronics and driven by Neil's killer keyboards, they have forged a powerful, original sound. They perform in both Electric and Acoustic settings. They are members of both the IAJE and Chamber Music America, and are involved in educational programs on both the High School and College Level.