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As has been the case in recent days concerning communication from artistic strangers, I received a message from Alex Snydman - who indicated that he had been given my name by a club owner. Henry Wong, from An Die Musik in Baltimore, thought sure that I would be able to do something for Alex. Offer people a reason to become new fans. Remind others that amazing talent comes to An Die. Alert some to the possibilities of greatness. How about if we focus on THAT? ;)
When I visited the website (www.alexsnydmanmusic.com), I was struck. The music that you'll hear is like going to a shop that will become your favorite. You like everything you see, the lighting is wonderful and the air feels like Spring. Or Summer rain. Pick your season. It was a rush!
Facts: Alex Snydman switched from guitar to drums in his Senior year - at Hampshire College. This required MUCH contemplation. So did his research after the decision. He sought the expertise - both advice and musicology - of those who he considered to be the best in the business. He wanted to hear and feel their take on the music - not necessarily the technique. So you know that this is a passionate musician, right? Clearly.
Mentor and friend, Eric Harland: "Alex's dedication and character have always impressed me." Impressed. That's how YOU will be after hearing "Fortunate Action" - the debut of Alex as band leader. Named so because of the strong belief in responding to the postive 'echo effects' of listening to one's inner voice.
Alex has played in major festivals and in clubs everywhere - as sideman and with his own groups - he is about to land in Baltimore - while keeping his Jazz Masters studies on the burner back in California. And we thought that you'd like to meet him :)
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