A native New Yorker, he has played music for his entire life. He became entrenched in folk music and started to play banjo and guitar at the age of 16. He has played in a variety of bands, including The People’s Republic of Gefiltestan, Bearcubes, Klezma Ganstas, Cold Hard Ground, Harris Field, and New Time Country Kitchen. He is currently a founding member of the New York City based groups The Live Cultures and 5 Mile String Band. He has lived in Ohio, Massachusetts, Oregon and currently resides in his hometown of New York. His music is highly influenced by the musical traditions of the Appalachian mountains, Central Asia (Tuva), the 1960s, and raucous campfire circles around the country and world. Storytelling, singalongs, folk songs, improvisation and overtone singing are all staples of Alex’s concerts.