Born: November 21, 1992 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Los Angeles based guitarist Alex Sill grew up in a musical family and began playing the guitar at the age of 12, listening to artists including Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Van Halen and Mike Oldfield. He was exposed to jazz at an early age through the music of artists like Steely Dan, John Coltrane and Pat Metheny, and developed a love for the genre in high school. When he was 16, Alex received guidance and lessons from world renowned guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Vai was impressed with Alex's natural guitar talent as well as his level of technical and aural facility for his age. Alex's influences include Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Steely Dan, Guthrie Govan, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Charles Altura, Jonathan Kreisberg, and Steve Vai.
Alex graduated from Santa Susana High School in 2011 where he received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and currently attends Cal Arts. In August 2012, Alex was featured as one of six international finalists in Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Guitar Competition, which brought in hundreds of applicants from over 50 countries and was judged by jazz greats including Julian Lage, Dave Grusin and Lee Ritneour. Alex was the winner of his category and one of the top three overall finalists.
Alex is currently a member of the Trifield Guitar Project, a cross continental guitar collaboration featuring three different guitar players including Alex, Karl Marino (Classical Guitar) and Rami Halperin (Acoustic and Blues guitar). Their debut release Montana Suite, is now available worldwide and is garnering reviews from some of the music world's biggest legends.
Along with being a guitar player, Alex is a composer and has written music for film and television. The 2012 movie Smitty, starring Peter Fonda and Lou Gosset Jr.,featured a piece Alex composed specifically for the film.
Awards:-Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (2011) -Lee Ritneour's Six String Theory Guitar Competition (2012-Winner of Rock Category, 2nd Runner Up Overall)
West Hills, CA
Willing to teach:
Alex is currently a student at California Institute of The Arts. He is willing to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced players. Rates start as low as $20 an hour. Contact this email address if you're interested in lessons in the Los Angles area: firstname.lastname@example.org