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Get away to the Swiss Alps for a jazz retreat!  4-7th Dec 14

The weekend is for instrumentalists/vocalists who love jazz and want to experience music making in a social environment led by Alex Wilson who aims to create a relaxed yet productive atmosphere during the weekend, allowing everyone to shine! All instrumentalists and singers are welcome and Alex speaks English, German, French and Spanish. 

Festival Artist Focus on Peter Tickell

Here is a behind the scenes glimpse of preparations for the final night of the London Latin Jazz Fest 2014 which will feature a very special musician - Peter Tickell on violin, who has been touring with Sting in recent years.       Book for the 27th Sep : early show   late show

LONDON LATIN JAZZ FEST 2014 - 23rd-27th September

OK so here's the next big project ... this year's lineup combines new-artists-on-the-scene with the veterans Eliane Correa Jandira Silva Peter Tickell Jonathan Enright special guest pianist Mike Lindup and Edwin Sanz and I will be opening every show .. here's a video of last year .. GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW www.londonlatinjazzfest.com

Do You Speak Djembe - in Paris

I am part of a fascinatingly original show whereby every audience member gets a drum to play and learns the rhythms!  Add to this some top quality musicians such as Marque Gilmore, Seckou Keita, Fatoma Dembele, Adama Bilorou Dembele and Davide Mantovani and this is an experience like no other!

Some Hot Hot Salsa - Edwin Sanz "San Agustin"

On June 16th a brand new salsa album will hit the scene!  It is music I have produced along with Venezuelan percussionist Edwin Sanz - the first salsa release on Alex Wilson Records since 2011.  Generous doses of salsa dura, salsa moderna, some timba and bachata and special guests that add unexpected dimensions to the music. 

LISTEN HERE.    View on iTunes

UK Album launch shows June 27 (London) & June 28 (Glastonbury)

MALONE

2014 sees a new live project MALONE ... check out our first video ... which features Gareth Malone (vocals), Edwin Sanz (perc) and myself on keys and keyboard bass ... booking shows now ....

 

 

Latin Music for Film, TV & Media

A new website showcasing the recordings I have made for the screen has been launched - www.latinmusicfortvandfilm.com  TV & Film producers - please email me here for information on how to use this material.

Alex Wilson presents the

LONDON LATIN JAZZ FEST 19-22nd Sept 2013
I am delighted to be curating the 1st Annual London Latin Jazz Fest at London Soho's Dean St Pizza Express Jazz Club which will feature Roberto Pla, Jason Rebello, Snowboy & the Latin Section, René Alvarez, Shanti Paul Jayasinhia, Edwin Sanz and Davide Mantovani. Visit the festival website for more information on this exciting project or  WATCH THE YOUTUBE TRAILER

USA Tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela
I'm on the road again with the fantastic Mexican guitar duo for 5-14th July.  On 5 of the shows, I will be playing a special 30 minute solo keyboard set to open up the night! 

Check out the behind the scenes photo diary from the tour.

USA Tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela

On the road again with the fantastic Mexican guitar duo for the dates below.  On the shows marked w/ Alex Wilson I will be playing a special 30 minute solo keyboard set to open up the night!

- See more at: http://www.alexwilson.net/shows/#sthash.Hc2bXNsC.dpuf

USA Tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela

On the road again with the fantastic Mexican guitar duo for the dates below.  On the shows marked w/ Alex Wilson I will be playing a special 30 minute solo keyboard set to open up the night!

- See more at: http://www.alexwilson.net/shows/#sthash.Hc2bXNsC.dpuf

USA Tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela

On the road again with the fantastic Mexican guitar duo for the dates below.  On the shows marked w/ Alex Wilson I will be playing a special 30 minute solo keyboard set to open up the night!

- See more at: http://www.alexwilson.net/shows/#sthash.Hc2bXNsC.dpuf

4 **** Excellent in Jazzwise for Alex Wilson Trio album

"Extraordinary telepathic interplay of Wilson and his rhythm section ... an absolute delight"

Robert Shore, Jazzwise Magazine, May 2013

Steinway Festival on the BBC with Cesar Correa/Alex Wilson  In March I was fortunate enough to share the stage with one of Europe's foremost latin pianists Cesar Correa for the Steinway Festival in London. You can listen to the concert on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 19th May and thereafter for a week. Listen

Youtube Trailer for the new "Alex Wilson Trio" album

Get a taste of the new album and the musicians behind it by watching the newly released trailer 

 

You can buy the album HERE

Watch us rehearse for the "Trio Mali Latino" shows

This is our first meeting and rehearsal as the new trio - forming the concepts ready to accompany our guest artists Omar Puente and Rene Alvarez at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on the 4th May

Courtney Pine endorses new "Alex Wilson Trio" album

"Alex Wilson has produced a piano trio with a difference. The sound is unlike any that I have heard before connecting strands of music that go way back to Africa right up to modern day popular western music with an abundance of jazz in between. This innovatory sound makes this a must have item for 2013. A piano trio album that is unique, brilliant and embraces all the good things about jazz. If you love ( jazz ) music you must have this record in your collection. Real talk" - Courtney Pine  order now

Sneak preview of the new album "Alex Wilson Trio"

"Brimful of energy and ideas, this album is a strong statement about the breadth and interconnections of Alex Wilson's musical heritage, particularly the equatorial currents linking West African music with the music of the Caribbean and Latin America."

Released in April 2013 - PRE-ORDER HERE

New Project Launched in June 2013 - Trio Mali Latino

As a sequel to the success of the 2010 Mali Latino project, the exciting second chapter uses the core of the original rhythm section to form TRIO MALI LATINO.   Jazz and Latin rhythms stripped back to their African roots – yet fresh, vibrant and definitely modern. With Ahmed Fofana (vocals, guitar, balafon, ngoni, djembe, foulaflé), Venezuelan Edwin Sanz (multi-percussion and drums) and Alex Wilson (piano, Hammond, synth, bass pedals). Grab tickets for the first concerts:

4th May  Cheltenham Jazz Festival

8th June Songlines Encounters Festival, London

Go Behind the Scenes for my Asia-Australia Tour

Click here for over 200 photos that document an exciting journey which included a sold out show at the Sydney Opera House and a rapturous reception in Tokyo plus amazing visits of the Hong Kong mountains while on tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela. 

To view the gallery on facebook click here.

Rodrigo y Gabriela feat. Alex Wilson Europe Tour

On the road again with Rodrigo y Gabriela - this time in an exciting trio formation - 2 guitars and a piano ... the artists say "we  are excited to show fans what can be achieved by three musicians, 12 strings and 88 keys. Rodrigo added: “We wanted to keep a little bit of that Cuban flavour so people have a taste of the latest album. “I think playing with Alex will do that. He’s an amazing musician.”  Click here for show dates

Win the 8 CD 'Alex Wilson Box Set'       YOUTUBE TRAILER

Simply attend one of the UK jazz trio tour dates in October/November below and drop your business card or email address off at the CD desk. 

At the end of the tour, a lucky winner will receive all 8 Alex Wilson CDs, featuring the very best in latin jazz, salsa and world music .. click here for more info.

Alex Wilson Trio UK autumn tour - tickets on sale

Catch my piano trio on the road in Oct/Nov in the UK - I bring all my diverse musical experiences back to the piano with powerful backup from Frank Tontoh (drums) and Davide Mantovani (bass).  See the gig schedule for tickets.  Preview the trio here

Rodrigo y Gabriela featuring Alex Wilson - touring Nov 12

As a followup to the Area 52 CUBA project, I have been invited to tour Europe with Rodrigo y Gabriela in a trio format - their two guitars plus piano.  Check the gig page  ... it will be a stormer!

 

Fuji Rock Festival, Japan with Ernest Ranglin

One of the greatest honours of my career to be chosen by Jamaican guitar legend, Ernest Ranglin, to perform with him in Japan at a mountain resort.  The other musicians were Frank Tontoh (drums) and Nick Cohen (bass).  Click here for photos.

16th July 2012 - special guest with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis

Following an invitation to perform with this most prestigious of groups in 2010, I am delighted to be invited back to participate in the 'Afro-Cuban Fiesta' night at the London Barbican Concert Hall, also featuring Pedro Martinez and Omar Puente.  Watch a bit of the concert here

Rodrigo y Gabriela tour kicks off from Montreux Jazz

My tour with Rodrigo y Gabriela CUBA project as pianist/musical director starts at the Miles Davis Hall at Montreux Jazz Festival on 6th July then on to North Sea Jazz Festival the next day and a whole host of other concerts.  See shows page for more.

Follow me on the US tour with Rodrigo & Gabriela

Click here to get a unique behind the scenes insight into my touring with Rodrigo & Gabriela on our five week tour around the whole of the United States.

 

Alex Wilson now an Roland endorsed artist

The V-Piano, VK8M Hammond module and Jupiter 80 are my keyboards of choice on the Rodrigo & Gabriela tours.  I met with Roland at Brixton Academy where they interviewed me and filmed the keyboards in action - click here to watch.

Sibelius blog article on my work for Rodrigo & Gabriela

I have been using the Avid ProTools and Sibelius software for a decade now for my various music projects and there is a nice mention of this on their home page - click here to read

An Evening with Alex Wilson and Special Guests

On the 28th January at Kings Place in London, I will giving a special concert of my current compositions and projects :Concerto for Kora & Piano, Alex Wilson Trio & Compass Suite South with special guests Soweto Kinch and Jay Phelps. The concert is part of the eXplorations series and you can hear a podcast interview with myself, Soweto Kinch and Jay Phelps here

Salsa Veritas album has just been awarded a 4**** review in January Songlines Magazine "With its punchy horns, swinging percussion
and impassioned vocals, Salsa Veritas got
 my toes tapping from the get-go" Click here to order your copy

Alex Wilson APP

is now available for iPhone and Android here ... follow my latest gigs, Youtube videos, blog, twitter and more when you're on the move!

Arranger and pianist on new Rodrigo & Gabriela album 

I am very proud to have arranged and recorded on Rodrigo and Gabriela's forthcoming album 'Area 52' out in Jaunary ... it was an intense couple of weeks working in Cuba for them in June 2011 and very rewarding.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER

Now Available - free preview of my new album SALSA VERITAS.  Click here for an audio tour of my latest salsa journey ... out in Sept, pre-order your copy now and come to my launch concert in Switzerland on 10th Sept!

Mali Latino plays the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland

On the 10th July at 1545h on the Congo Stage Mali Latino will play one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in Europe.  Featuring Babani Koné on vocals, Madou Sidiki Diabaté on kora, Ahmed Fofana on balafon/guitar/vocals and yours truly on the piano, this is a show not to be missed.

Watch the interview on Latvian TV24 Television Station

As part of my participation in the Rigas Ritmi Festival, Latvia I am interviewed about my education project with Latvian musicians - click here to view on Youtube.

Brand new salsa album out in September!  Attend the 10th Sept Zürich launch concert and pre-order the CD all for 45 Swiss Francs - click here!

End of the Rainbow

I have been commissioned to write a piece with poet HKB Finn which will be featued in a concert streamed live from London on 9th March at 1400 GMT here

 

Find the Rhythm - A Guide for the Salsa Dancer

a book/CD by Alex Wilson and Lee Knights is now out in German translation at www.findtherhythm.de  (the English version is at www.findtherhythm.com) This book is for the non-musician / salsa dancer and gives a unique insight as to how salsa music is put together and how to find the '1'.

Mali Latino #2 in the World Music Europe charts for February

I am thrilled that my latest release on Alex Wilson Records still is bringing in accolades and this position means a lot to us all .... Click here to preview/purchase the album on Amazon

The Compass Suite Documentary now online

I had the pleasure and honour to direct this special commission from Canary Wharf Arts & Events which featured composers Kishon Khan, James Morton, Kathryn Tickell & myself alongside 35 musicians. To watch the making of this project Click here.

Concerto for Kora & Piano

I composed this work as part of my Artist in Residence at Harrogate International Festival 2010. The guest soloist is Seckou Keita. The entire concert can now be viewed online - Click here

MY LATEST SALSA RELEASE a new track "Unity" featuring vocalist Douglas Elom. This song was produced for the GAAP Orphanage Foundation .... please purchase it legally so as to support the important work that the charity do in Nigeria. Click here to listen to and purchase the track

Play Violin the Cuban Way - a brand new instructional product created by violin maestro Omar Puente and yours truly, Alex Wilson.  This book comes packed full with unique insights into the Cuban style of violin and an accompanying playalong CD.  It will be launched in London on 21st November at the Barbican Centre on a free concert at 6.30pm on the FreeStage, where it will be on sale for the first time.

Visit www.cubanviolin.com to find out more!

Mali Latino named one of the top ten albums of 2010

by Songlines magazine.  For a largely self-funded album released on my own small independent label I am absolutely thrilled!  A thousand thanks to all those who have supported the recording and launch tour.

New album MALI LATINO out now!

Radio play and press coverage on the BBC, Independent on Sunday, Songlines, Uncut and more ... click here for more info

Latin Journeys Concert 29th August

I am curating a weekend of Latin music at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, UK and this concert is the culmination.  Cuban bagpiper Wilber Calver, Violin maestro Omar Puente, soul queen Naomi Phillips, my full band plus 30 young musicians ... this is going to be a big concert!

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Mali Latino - my 7th album project is out in October and can pre-ordered from Amazon - here.  Preview the music at www.malilatino.com and find out about the November UK Album launch concerts.

I am currently producing Wilber Calver and his Afro-Cuban bagpipe project.  For a preview of his music visit www.wilbercalver.com. Wilber features in my Latin Journey's concert at Aldeburgh, UK on the 29th August 2010.

My trip to Istanbul with the Courtney Pine Band

We play at a great club called "Babylon" in this fascinating city ...

Salsa con Soul Album Track Featured on Compilation

Released on the Swiss LatinMusik label, Alex's salsa dance hit "Antonio" is featured on the "Salsa - Editor's Choice vol 2".  The compilation was launched in Zürich on 30th March and Alex was invited along as a guest to the night at the Salsarica night club.  A great time was had by all!

Cairo Concert - Special Performance on 26th Feb

Alex will be travelling to Cairo to collaborate with reknown Egyptian jazz drummer Yehia Khalil.  The concert has been organized by the British Council and Alex will also be delivering a workshop for young people during his visit.

A Personal Testimonial from a fan

There was a corridor in the building where my office was, that always made me feel like dancing in it. When I was fired, I decided to give myself a gift and I finally danced there - and even had it video-taped. For me, this represents not only the parting from my previous position and office, but also my embarking on a new road.

Alex to conduct Mass for Haiti Thursday 4th Feb 10

A Requiem to mourn the victims in Haiti, this epic choral piece uses the liturgical form of the full Catholic Mass and draws on music from West Africa, 18th century Europe courts and the Caribbean islands, sung in English, French, Patois, Latin and Yoruba.  Alex will be conducting a cast of 16 singers and 6 musicians at the Hackney Empire in London

Salsa con Soul Nominated for the UK Salsa Awards "Best UK Live Act"

Click on the logo to vote for your favourite UK salsa project.

Alex Wilson nominated for best Artist - can we have your vote in category 8 of the awards?  Click on the logo - and thank you!

Find the Rhythm!- 120 page book with 82 track CD

Find the Rhythm! is a guide for the salsa dancer - it explains the structure of the music and highlights the role of individual instruments. It gives the dedicated dancer a deeper insight into salsa in an easy accessible style.

Buy your copy of Find the Rhythm at www.findtherhythm.com 

BBC Report -  Doctor Prescribes Alex's Music!

It's official - music is good for you.  Watch the therapy group dancing to the title track of my album R&B Latino as reported on BBC television. 

Alex invited to guest on Cleveland Watkiss Birthday Celebrations at the South Bank in London  One of UK's foremost jazz vocalists, Cleveland Watkiss, has invited me to perform as guest at his London's Queen Elizabeth Hall concert to celebrate his 50th birthday.   I recorded the song "Torch of Freedom" with Cleveland in 2001 on the Victory's Happy Song Book and we will be performing this tune as part of the celebration.

MALI LATINO - new interview filmed by Aldeburgh Music.  Madou Sidiki Diabaté and Alex talk about the project, its beginnings, the music and its future.

Ukraine Jazz on the Beach

A trip with Courtney Pine to play at the Koktebel Jazz Festival on the shores of the Black Sea - click on the photo to see more.

Behind the Scenes glimpse of the salsa con soul orchestra hard at work in the rehearsal studio

Derby Festé - Salsa con Soul Orchestra pack the Assembly Rooms

I performed with my salsa band on the 5th Sept 09 at a festival in Derby near where I was born ... after all the travelling I am bringing it home !! 

Mali Latino

Watch the films of this exciting collaboration -

First Steps part 1 - I travel to Mali to research the source and find the team

First Steps part 2 - The Malian musicians visit the UK to write the music

First Steps part 3 - We try out the the music

Summer Shows 09 - The first 2 shows of the full 9 piece band and we go into Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios to record

Glastonbury Festival plus Amsterdam - Summer 09

Click on the photo to see our Glastonbury - Amsterdam weekend photo diary with the Salsa con Soul Orchestra.

Filming for the British Council - March 09
I have been fortunate to work for the British Council for a number of years and have visited over 20 countries to work for them - either directly or indirectly as pianist for other bands.  I was asked to do a short interview as a contribution to their 75 years film celebration and ended up playing the piano score for the film.  Other contributors were Neil Kinnock (politican) and George Alagiah (broadcaster).  Here is a picture of me getting ready .... click to watch the film.