"Alex Sill is one of those rare talented individuals that has all the elements in place, and at the age of 22! (?). He’s embraced the Jazz idiom and his fingers dance through it effortlessly while his inspired inner ear guides him through new melodic discoveries. He has a wonderful command of the compositional tools necessary to recognize his inner musical inspirations and make them real in the world in beautiful and generous expressions while still honoring the melody. It’s nice to see a young person have such a passion for this style of music. He is one of the vital players that has the potential to raise the Jazz bar."- Steve Vai
Meet the man behind the music: Alex Sill
Los Angeles based guitarist/composer, Alex Sill, has performed, recorded, and/or studied, with some of the world's top musicians including: Steve Vai, Larry Koonse, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Virgil Donati, Charlie Haden and many others. In 2019, Sill is releasing his debut solo album, Experiences: Real and Imaginary, featuring original compositions and some of the world’s best jazz musicians, including the multi-Academy Award and Grammy winning, Dave Grusin.
Born into a household of musicians, Alex began playing by the age of 12, specializing in guitar and piano. After receiving several prestigious awards in his teenage years, including a top spot in Lee Ritenour’s international Six String Theory competition, Alex earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the Jazz Program at California Institute of the Arts in 2015; additionally earning a degree in Music Theory. Graduating in more ways than one into the role of Composer, Alex has written music for a variety of different contexts and projects. His musical range is broad, including but not limited to: film/trailer music, jazz groups, rock bands, orchestra and a guitar trio. His long-form piece, "Montana Suite," written for three guitars, was performed, and premiered during an opening set for Robben Ford at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana in August of 2013. Recently, Sill was featured as a guitarist in the official tribute concerts to the late, great guitar titan, Allan Holdsworth, performing alongside Allan’s former band mates including Virgil Donati, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Hunt, Joel Taylor, and Chad Wackerman, among others.
Sill’s compositional and improvisational experience has culminated in “Experiences: Real and Imaginary,” an hour-long journey into harmonically and melodically rich original composition, and the psychological implications of music and imagery. The inspiration for the album stemmed from Alex’s research into the phenomenon of music acting as a catalyst for the production of powerful mental imagery, and internal stories. Citing the work of psychoanalyst Carl Jung as being of importance, Sill elaborates further in the album’s liner notes and on the writings tab of this website regarding the connection between music and “archetypes,” defined as inherited patterns of behavior that make themselves known psychologically via imagery. Supporting Alex on this record is an all-star cast of characters, including the previously mentioned, world renowned composer/pianist, Dave Grusin, bassist Benjamin J. Shepherd, drummer Gene Coye, horn players Jacob Scesney and Danny Janklow, pianists Vardan Ovsepian and Otmaro Ruiz, and trumpeter Mike Cottone. The album was mixed and engineered by the multi Grammy-award winning, Bill Schnee, known for his work on timeless classics like Steely Dan’s Aja, Ringo Starr’s self titled album, and countless other records from the likes of Miles Davis, Chicago, and Boz Scaggs. “Experiences: Real and Imaginary,” is slated for release in early 2019. (See more in News Tab).
-Recipient of Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (2011)
-Winner of Rock Category in Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory International Guitar Competition (2012)
-Lew Wasserman Scholarship Recipient for Two Consecutive Years (2013-2014)
-Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies (Minor in Music Theory), California Institute of The Arts (2015)