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Pianist/Composer, Tom Alexander was born into a musical family. His mother, Mary, sang on the radio with her sisters during the big band era in the Washington DC area, and his father, Peter, was a devotee of classical music. His father’s younger brother, Taki, a fine jazz pianist and drummer, showed Tom how to navigate around the keyboard early on. Having grown up in his family’s movie theatre business, Tom was exposed to film and music from a very early age, and the soundtracks to movies were an early influence. Backstage, behind the theatre screen, was a piano his uncle played frequently. This piqued Tom’s interest in the instrument, and the piano soon wound up in the basement of his home. He began formal lessons at age 9, but soon grew tired of conventional music study, relying more in his ear.
He played in rock and blues bands in high school, but after being exposed to the progressive sounds of fusion jazz, his musical life changed forever.
“Once I heard Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, all those guys, it was over…a total game changer,” Tom said. “I knew then that’s what I wanted to do with music.”
After his family’s theatre closed early in 1988, Tom worked in radio and television production. He continues to work in that industry to this day as a writer, broadcaster, producer, and voiceover actor. However, music is his passion. He’s scored two motion pictures, multiple commercials, and produced four albums.
He continues to compose music for solo piano and collaborative projects, as well as his band, Earth Code.
Overbrook Avenue 2016
After 12 years of working on soundtrack music, musical imaging, commercial jingles, as well as live performance, Tom returns to the studio for a brand new album. “Overbrook Avenue” is a tribute to the place where he grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Originally conceived as a solo piano album, Tom expanded the sound a bit by adding rich, sonic textures via electronic keyboards. He also invited his good friend, guitarist, John Fifield, to add his musical artistry on several pieces. Comprised of 11 tracks, including seven originals, “Overbrook Avenue” harkens back to the days of Tom’s youth and the first 17 years of his life musically capturing his home, its surroundings, his family’s movie theatre, and the people who populated that time and place.
Currently available on iTunes.
Flying Against the Time Zones 2004
“Flying Against the Time Zones” was a project Tom had in mind for several years before assembling the group of musicians to record it. A concept album, “Flying Against the Time Zones” globetrots the planet from continent to continent, combining elements of African, Asian, and European traditional music with the sounds of the Americas yielding an electric, eclectic fusion jazz juggernaut. The album received high marks for its musicianship, memorable melodies and solos, and unexpected twists and turns.
Currently available via iTunes.
Make December Stay 2003
“Make December Stay” was a three-piece EP recorded shortly before Christmas of 2003. Intended to be part of a larger project — a double album for the holiday season made up of originals, Tom was asked to contribute one composition. He wrote the music and lyrics over a weekend, and recorded the song the following Monday night. He assembled musical friends, bassist, Dave Wilkinson, and drummer Silverio Da Silva, to track the recording. They added vocalist, Mary Bernard, younger sister of the late Donna Summer, to sing the song.
Three versions of the piece were recorded, a piano trio with vocals and supporting keyboards, a piano, vocal duo, and an instrumental trio. The label never finished the project and therefore the album never went to market. Though “Make December Stay” was never officially released, the piano trio with vocals version is easily found on YouTube.
“Cinemusique” is the follow up project to “What’s Ahead?” Growing up in his family’s movie theatre business had a huge influence on Tom and his music. Many of the legendary film directors such as Federico Fellini, Woody Allen, and Ingmar Bergman served as the inspiration for “Cinemusique.” The project went through multiple incarnations, including a version where Tom played percussion, guitar, bouzouki, and melodica as well as all the piano and keyboard parts. This version was never released due to technical issues.
A very limited release of a piano-only version of “Cinemusique” was issued before the label connected with the project went out of business. Few copies are known to exist. Fortunately, Tom secured the masters and intends to release it as an EP in its solo piano form in 2017.
What’s Ahead? 2001
“What’s Ahead?” is Tom Alexander’s first solo piano album. It was recorded in November of 1999 and January of 2000 and was released in 2001. Originally intended to be a band album, Tom felt the pieces worked nicely as solos. Of course studio budgets are also a concern, so “What’s Ahead?” was piano only.
To his great surprise, the album received a lot of attention and excellent reviews, and was highlighted during a 20-minute interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen.
(Currently out of print; digital release due in 2017)
Upcoming 2017 live performances to be announced soon. Stay tuned.
The Tom Alexander Music site has been updated with a new look. The site will be easier to navigate. The Earth Code band page will also undergo a makeover early in 2018. "It's been long overdue," says Tom Alexander. "We wanted to things a fresh look. 2018 promises to...read more
After several years devoting himself to film work and scoring for TV projects, Tom Alexander returned to the studio to work on his most personal album to date, "Overbook Avenue." The album is available via digital download on iTunes, and other major distributors. To...read more
Here are three tracks from Tom Alexander's critically acclaimed Flying Against the Time Zones CD. These tunes are performed regularly by his band, Earth Code. Pacific Coast Weekend 9th and Wharton...read more
Earth Code is a world fusion/funk quartet featuring Tom Alexander on keyboards, Tommy G. Lee on drums, John Fifield on guitar and Fernando Santomaggio on bass. The group performs original compositions drawing on musical influences from around the globe with a tip...read more