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Border Crossing

Border Crossing

Alex Goodman

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552213027
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Catalog number: OA2 22130
Releasedate: 15-07-16
- a wide-ranging project with modern classical, jazz and world music elements, along with instrumentation including cello, vibes and voice, "Border Crossing," in the end, is a truly personal statement with a soul that can resonate with all
Winner of the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition for his playing and the 2013 Herb Albert Jazz Composer Award for his writing, Alex Goodman brings them both together in this set of original compositions reflecting on the transitional period during his move from Toronto to New York in 2012. Connecting favorite musicians from Canada and New York, the music draws heavily on his rich musical upbringing as a member of Toronto's eclectic jazz community and the interaction with his experiences over several years in New York. A wide-ranging project with modern classical, jazz and world music elements, along with instrumentation including cello, vibes and voice, "Border Crossing," in the end, is a truly personal statement with a soul that can resonate with all.

Winner of both first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), "the next big thing in the jazz world" (CityTV News), “a jazz phenomenon the world over” (Birmingham Times) and "genius" (La Presse, Montreal).

In 2013, Alex's CD Bridges was nominated for Canada's highest musical honor, the JUNOs as Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Since moving to New York in 2012, Alex Goodman has recorded with artists such as John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Rich Perry and performed with jazz luminaries such as Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, Ari Hoenig and John Riley.

Alex has toured extensively and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Massey Hall in Toronto, National Sawdust in Brooklyn and ABC Studios in New York City. Alex was awarded the 2013 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award, has written a book of solo guitar etudes and has composed extensively for jazz groups, chamber groups, orchestras, big bands, and string quartets. He is a graduate of the Master's program at the Manhattan School of Music.