Alex has a Masters with Distinction in Composition from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Jazz from CPIT Jazz School, majoring in Composition and Arranging. He is much in demand as a composer and arranger by many New Zealand performers and organisations.
Alex was the co-founder and musical director/conductor ('05-'09) of the Silencio Ensemble, a ten piece new music ensemble. Alongside many concerts in the Canterbury region they collaborated with the Christchurch Art Gallery to perform Art and Socialism ('08), and Listen/Rita ('09). Other creative projects have included Crossings with The Song Company, Still Standing Silent for the Body Festival and Totally Weill for the Christchurch Arts Festival. More recently Alex has completed commissions for other creative locals, Les Bon Vivant, Justin DeHart and Mark Menzies.
His latest project is another ensemble which he co-founded with fellow jazz explorer Tom Rainey, called Symposium Dectet.
for mixed chamber ensemble, 4m
for chamber orchestra
for mixed chamber ensemble
for percussion, 8m
for solo piano, 9m
for solo piano, 10m
for double bass and chamber ensemble, 7m
for chamber septet, 7m
for clarinet in B flat, cello and trombone, 8m
for four musicians and a contemporary dancer, 50m
for alto saxophone, 3m
for SSA choir and piano, 3m 30s
for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano, 15m
for chamber octet, 8m
for 10-piece jazz ensemble, 6m
for SSA choir and piano, 2m 30s