Violinist

Alex Taylor

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About Alex

Violinist
Bristol
Classically trained violinist performing Gypsy Jazz, Folk, Pop and original music. Happy to learn pieces upon request!

Alex Taylor was born in 1977, in Gloucestershire UK. His family emigrated to Australia in 1989 and settled in Mooloolah, Qld. Alex went to school at Caloundra High, and in 1995 enrolled at the University of Southern Queensland to study classical violin where he graduated with a BMus in classical music specialising in performance in 1997. After completing his undergraduate degree he moved to the UK and started performing with theatrical groups and small bands in Stroud. During this period the focus of the music shifted from the traditional classical repertoire to gypsy, folk and jazz improvisation. In 2002 Alex moved back to Australia to complete his post-graduate degree at USQ with internationally acclaimed violinist Andrew Lorenz. The degree specialised in performance and for the final year assessment Alex performed the Mendellsohn Violin Concerto with a full orchestra, as well as the Cesar Franck violin sonata, which was well received by critics, and allowed him to graduate with Honours in the same year. Alex moved to Melbourne in 2003 and was able to work with artists such as Wendy Rule, Mushroom Giant and The Boy Who Spoke Clouds. Alex also started to develop his passion for combining electronic music with improvised gypsy violin, fronting his first band, Alex Taylor and the Evil Eye, with Simon Quinn (keyboards and electronic production). Alex Taylor and the Evil Eye enjoyed a certain cult success in the Melbourne underground arts scene, due in part to the relationship they enjoyed with the ABODE club in St Kilda, who gave them a lavish venue for photoshoots and employed them for a year-long musical residency. During this time they also worked with members of a tribal belly-dance group to create a more dynamic live show. In 2008 Alex moved to the UK once more, and started working as a violin teacher, as well as playing with many interesting bands such as Inkubus Sukkubus and Dandelion Wine. He was able to perform for the Mėnuo Juodaragis pagan metal fesival in Zarasai, Lithuania. A year later Alex returned to Eastern Europe, this time to Latvia where he did a series of performances with his new band, Innamorati, formed with well-known Bristol DJ and producer, Bertie Bass-Hits. Innamorati was a self-styled 'gypsy dubstep' band. Over time Innamorati enjoyed a modest success and their song 'Clownie' was picked for release with a major dubstep label GENERATION BASS for inclusion in their compilation album. Since moving to Bristol in 2012, Alex has formed his own band, SALVONIA, and has performed with many other groups. He is currently playing for Kizzy Morrell; folk band Kan Koth; and Molly Samson And The Cautionary Tales, as well as playing gypsy jazz for The Sweet And The Lowdowns and gypsy folk for The Jackalopes. Alex has also provided the violin score for upcoming TV show 'Spotless' with Drew Morgan and Neil Davidge (Massive Attack).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Gypsy jazz, Country, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Ableton Live, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

Let's Get Lost
All The Things You Are
My Funny Valentine
'Round Midnight
Bye Bye Blackbird
Body And Soul
The Nearness of You
My Favourite Things
Lullaby Of Birdland
Desafinado
Everything Happens To Me
Black Orpheus
Cry Me A River
Night And Day
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Pennies From Heaven
Scrapple From The Apple
Embraceable You
Georgia On My Mind
Autumn Leaves
Blue Moon
Do Right
Oh Lady Be Good
Witchcraft
Misty
Cheek To Cheek
Nature Boy
There Will Never Be Another You
Yardbird Suite
You Don’t Know What Love Is
So What
I Fall In Love Too Easily
I'm Through With Love
Footprints
Sophisticated Lady
April In Paris
Blue Bossa
Djangos Tiger
Sweet Georgia Brown
Honeysuckle Rose
Deuce Ambience
Blue Drag
Sweet Sue
Minor Swing
All Of Me
I can't Give You Anything But Love
I've Found A New Baby
I'll See You In My Dreams
Djangology
Ornithology
I Remember You
The Sheik Of Araby
Bouncin' with Bud
After You've Gone
Dark Eyes
When You're Smilin'
Nuage
When I Fall In Love
Ain't Misbehavin'
How Insensitive
J'attendrai
Belleville
Joseph Joseph
I've Got Rhythm
I'm confessin' (That I Love You)
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Mr Sandman
Scarborough Fair
Danny Boy
Loch Lomand
Celtic Air
Greensleeves
The Minstrel Boy
Waltzing Matilda
The Water Is Wide
Tall Trees In Georgia
Early One Morning
Hallelujah
Early Morning Rain
My love Is Like A Red Red Rose
Eleanor Rigby
Till There Was You
The Fool On The Hill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Long And Winding Road
Time After Time
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I am part of a wide circle of musicians in the Bristol and Stroud area and can be available to play with multiple guitarists, double bass, piano and female vocals.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I can be flexible around timings. Just let me know in advance and it will probably be fine.

How much time do you need to set up?

I've a fairly simple set up and only need half an hour to set up.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have my own instrument I can play acoustically, but also can bring a top quality amplifier and pick-up providing enough volume to fill most venues.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I'm also happy to learn and perform any pieces of music you'd like to hear for your event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients usually compliment me on my warmth of feeling for the music, as well as my ability to pick the perfect songs for the occasion.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

El Rincon, The Canteen, The Greenbank, The Arts House, The Tobacco Factory, Crofters Rights, The Bootlegger, The Harbourside, Boca-Bar, The Grain Barge, Kingsdown Vaults, The Square Bar, The Old Bookshop, Mr Wolfs, The Quecumbar, The Prince Albert, Cafe Rene.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Yehudi Menhuin, Nigal Kennedy, Stephane Grappelli, Django Rheinhardt, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and Slash from Guns 'n' Roses.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Playing 'Waltzing Matilda' on Sky News Australia in support of Julian Assange.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300

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Anna Z, 8 months ago

It was a real pleasure to invite Alex to my dancing event in Bristol. He came prepared, well organised, respectful to other performers and the crowd. He is well accomplished musician, who can effortlessly play classic and contemporary tunes. He and DJ were working in a real time collaboration, which was magical. Their music inspired us. I am very grateful Alex found the time to join us and hope to work with him in future.

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Alejandro A, 1 year ago

Alex played for a special tango theatrical show I developed last year 'Memories de Tango' using professional tango musicians from Buenos Aires and Paris. Despite never having played tango before Alex was able to learn the songs quickly and fit in with the other player well, taking direction and helping us to create a successful show. I'm looking forward to performing with Alex for shows in the UK and Italy in the future.

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