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Alex Weber is a bass player and composer that lives in Baltimore, MD. Being born into a musical family, he was always surrounded by music whether it be at performances of his father who was a percussionist, at the shows his actress/singer mother would perform in, or just by hearing them practice around the house. Alto saxophone was his first instrument but after picking up the electric bass at the age of 12, he immediately knew that this was to be his calling.

Early on he was attracted to punk and ska music but quickly started to drift in the direction of heavier musics like the various forms metal. Throughout middle and high school Alex would perform and record with various metal bands that all performed at many of the well known MD/VA rock venues opening for notable acts such as Cynic, Devin Townsend, Gojira, Candlemass, and Sonata Arctica.

In 2007, Alex enrolled in the Jazz program at Towson University and was introduced to the acoustic bass, which he also quickly became attached to. While he was there, he studied bass under Jeff Reed and improvisation with Jim McFalls and Dave Ballou while also studying with visiting artists such as Drew Gress, Ellery Eskelin, and Mark Dresser. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance.

During this time Alex also began his career as a freelancing musician playing jazz in local bars and restaurants. This has now spread out into him performing many differing styles of music including jazz, rock/funk, blues, fusion, bluegrass/country, folk and classical.

Alex joined the progressive metal band Exist in 2008 to cover bass and vocal duties and has since recorded two albums with them, the 2010 EP “In Mirrors” and their debut album “Sunlight” in 2013. Exist has recently released their 2ndrecord entitlted “So True, So Bound” through Prosthetic Records and toured with the legendary Canadian death metal group Gorguts in support of it. Other various tours are in the works for 2018.

He also plays in the local jazz/metal fusion group Talking Points who released their debut album in 2016 and in December of 2013, he joined Phil Cunneff's New Trio that plays many of the various forms of jazz. Early that year he also toured all of North America with Jeff Loomis' group that performs music from his two solo albums.

Besides having experience teaching privately and at The Music Space, Alex became an adjunct faculty at McDaniel university in the fall of 2016 where he is teaching electric and double bass.


LISTENING TO

Black Sabbath  - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Steve Coleman and the Five Elements  - Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
Defeated Sanity  - Dharmata
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble  - Songs I Like a Lot
Tyshawn Sorey  - The Inner Spectrum of Variables