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Alex Domschot: Bio

Born in Seattle - Now living in New York City

Guitarist Alex Domschot’s sound, use of space, range of colors, technique and overall craft have garnered praise from critics - and drawn comparisons with the likes of John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth and Bill Frisell. This “sonic shapeshifter” is a highly credentialed musician and composer with an educational resume and list of performing credits as long as his arm. His release, Venusian Commute, is at once a testimony to his exquisite musicianship and a statement of uncommon sensitivity in addressing modern creative jazz.

Recently Alex, Percy Jones (Brand X) and Adrian Harpham combined forces in a potent and unique treatment of Bjork's classic anthem 'Army Of Me' which is available now as a digital download via online music retailers.

Domschot’s recording and performing credits include Clay Aiken, American Symphony Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Petula Clark, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Joe Farrell, Ron Feuer, Carl Fontana, Ann Gillian, Freddie Hubbard, Percy Jones, Morganna King, Henry Mancini, Maureen McGovern, Monk Montgomery, Maria Muldaur, Judy Neimack, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Newley, Michael Pedicin, Jr., Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Raoul Romero, Carl Saunders, Jack Sheldon, Vic Stevens, Third Premise, Three Degrees, Leslie Uggams, and Kit Walker, among others.

Alex attended Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Gene Bertoncini, Bill Dobbins, and Ray Ricker. West Coast studies included private instruction with Howard Roberts, legendary session player and founder of GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology) in Los Angeles.

Mr. Domschot has served on the guitar faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; he has participated in master classes at UA, Duquense University (PA) and Rowan University (NJ), and currently maintains a steady roster of private students. Alex also assists in audio and video archiving at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Domschot has performed on the ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS, BBC, French and Japanese television networks - and has led various ensembles in live broadcasts on National Public Radio. He has composed for Film, Television, and Dance, as well as Virtual Generation’s interactive DVD Le Groove.

Alex can be heard on Howard Isaacson’s Blue Skies, and served as guitarist, composer, orchestrator and conductor on Sarah Lisitski’s debut recording All of Me. Domschot is the featured soloist on Matt Curran’s Single Minded; he also co-produced Time For Three, the debut CD, featuring Curtis alumni Nick Kendall, Zachary DePue, and Ranaan Meyer. Alex also contributed mandolin and electric and nylon guitar on Vic Stevens' If People Could Talk [Dreambox Media] which features bassists Percy Jones and Michael Manring.

As a leader, Domschot’s initial record release was Venusian Commute [Dreambox Media], teamed with Marc Johnson (bass) and Vic Stevens (drums) - to which he contributed all of the original compositions, in addition to serving as co-producer.



He is regarded as a musician's musician, the premiere soloist...Alex is that rare breed of performing artist with no artistic compromise in his personality. He has continued to pursue that infinite musical growth that eludes all but the most dedicated few.

Dean Witten, Ph.D. Music Dept. Chair, Rowan University

 

It was an evening of guitar extravaganza...Domschot is destined for a paramount role in the music world.

The Sun

 

Improvisation is Alex’s forte. He doesn’t discard traditional musical structures but attempts to transcend them - the result being an original musical entity. 

Guitar Player

 

Domschot responds with some deft impressionistic touches to help set the mood...this is jazz without any hyphens.

downbeat

 

...displayed a mastery of sound, style and craft...Mr Domschot is a sonic shapeshifter.

Guardian