An up-and-coming performer quickly gaining attention for his creativity and improvisational skill, Alex Mitchell is pushing the limits of what the violin can do. Armed with a 5-string NS Designs CR5 and a host of guitar effects, Alex forms his compositions around the concept of looping and delay, in which parts are layered to create the illusion of multiple instruments. At times he sounds like a deep cello, a multi-octave ensemble, a screaming guitar, or a soothing synthesizer - all out of one instrument, all live.
Alex has performed at Carnegie Hall (solo), the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall (to a crowd of 3,000), the Canadian Embassy, the German Cultural Center in New York, Don Hill's (a known rock venue), at a concert in Salzburg, Austria for Mozart's 250th Birthday, the Palladium in McLean, Disneyworld, and at several small venues and private events in Manhattan and Virginia. He also performed at local elementary and middle schools to inspire a younger generation into continuing the violin.
In addition, he was the first violinist in a working classical string quartet that regularly played weddings, art shows, and conferences around the D.C area for a couple of years.
Several of Alex's live performances on YouTube have received over 200,000 views (as of this writing) and given him international recognition by a small but supportive fan base. After the YouTube videos started getting attention, he was contacted by quite a few people asking for higher quality recordings. In the summer of 2007 he recorded a low-budget album, "Evolution," and released it on iTunes. It sold a lot better than he ever thought it would, and he used the money from that album to finance a new EP, "Intercosm," that was professionally mastered and released in August 2008. He is currently seeking a label for his next major release.
Alex was accepted at Berklee College of Music, but after reviewing financial concerns, he chose to pursue his music in New York City while attending Fordham University.
Since moving to New York, Alex is now affiliated with the PUMP NY management firm and the Original Sessions booking agency.
For more information, please visit http://www.alexmitchell.org/
Soldier's Lullaby - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyRMPayl0KI
Intercosm - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H32CMFFEsIA
Neoclassical - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td5jcwehBEU
Evolution - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgaVJ_uIvms