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Alex Wilson
Artist
Switzerland
Influences: Latin American , North American , West European
Genres: salsa jazz latin jazz world
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ALEX WILSON Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator

As a composer, arranger, performer and educator, Alex Wilson is a music creator in the world of Latin, world music and jazz. He has travelled over fifty countries to perform music in a multitude of projects.

In 1993, after gaining a degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from the University of York, he embarked on a professional career as a pianist, being snapped up to perform and record with Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica, Sandra Cross, Adalberto Santiago and Jocelyn Brown, quickly being signed to the Candid label.

Of his nine solo albums, his salsa dance albums, Inglaterra, Salsa con Soul Salsa Veritas have worldwide hits on the dance floor, regularly charting DJ lists and a favourite of the salsa dance clubs with his 12 piece salsa band. Tracks from his previous albums Inglaterra continue to spin on the dance floor including his salsa hit version of Ain’t Nobody.

With a deep experience of international collaborations and the ability to work in English, Spanish, French and German, Alex’s projects include the Afro-Latin project Mali Latino commissioned by Aldeburgh Music (Benjamin Britten’s music centre) and recorded/mixed at Steve Winwood and Peter Gabriel’s studios. The project won a ‘Top of the World’ accolade from Songlines Magazine

He then went on to mastermind the surprisingly fresh sound of Afro-Cuban bagpiper Wilber Calver’s debut album Diaspora.

His pianistic credentials were definitively stamped on his ninth solo release Alex Wilson Trio, which distilled the wide musical landscape of his career down to a nucleus of piano, bass and drums.

He now runs his own record label Alex Wilson Records with eight album releases and a production company Services for Musicians.

As a composer, arranger and musical director Alex, notable works include arranger/musical director for Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Area 52 album (which then went on to tour the world), a theatre score for NITRO (Britain’s leading black theatre company), commissions from the Royal Opera House, the ground-breaking Concerto for Kora and Piano commissioned by the Harrogate International Festival and studio producer for various artists including Edwin Sanz’s San Agustin, Gwyn Allen in I Love Louis – A Creole Tribute to Louis Armstrong and singer-songwriter Malone.

In the commercial world, Alex writes prolifically for the screen through his production company Latin Music for TV and Film with placements on CNN, the US drama series 24, the feature films From Prada to Nada and Sandra Bullock’s The Proposal, a solo piano film score for artwork at London’s Saatchi Gallery and a featured track on the Xbox Just Dance 3 game

Alex is an experienced music educator and is co-author of two books Play Violin the Cuban Way and Find the Rhythm. He has delivered workshops and masterclasses for young people both internationally, for the British Council in Colombia, Cuba, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria and Israel, as well as in the UK for music colleges, such as the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alex is Special Lecturer in Music at the University of Nottingham.

Continually in demand as a pianist, recent years have seen Alex accompany Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, two appearances with Wynton Marsalis and performances with the fantastically unique production Do You Speak Djembe.

Alex has curated the Harrogate International Festival, The Compass Suite at Canary Wharf and currently is curator for the annual London Latin Jazz Fest, now in it’s second successful year which will include a two piano concert with Alex and Level 42’s Mike Lindup.

Alex was born in the UK and was brought up in Britain, briefly in Sierra Leone followed by Austria and Switzerland and has also studied in the USA. He now lives in Zürich, Switzerland.

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