Alex Wand

Teacher/Mentor

MFA in Music Composition at California Institute of the Arts
Alex is a Grammy Award-winning musician and educator based in Los Angeles. He is a guitarist and singer who has performed at venues and festivals from California to Tibet such as REDCAT, Art Share, the Bootleg Theater, and the Xinghai International Poetry Festival. Alex performs as a solo artist and in Three Thirds, Desert Magic, and Partch. He often writes music for film and video with recent projects including The Harvest Run (full-length documentary), Porcupine (dramatic narrative starring W. Earl Brown), and Youtube’s Creator-up commercial.

In addition to composing and performing, Alex is passionate about music education and community building. He has taught at the Harmony Project and Community Arts Partnership and has worked as a music arranger for music education company, Chromatik. In 2014, he founded Song A Day For A Month, a challenge to musicians to write and upload a song every day for a month on www.songadayforamonth.com. With sessions every January and July, the collective has written over 3,000 songs. Originally from Detroit, he majored in Music, Spanish, and International Studies at the University of Michigan and received an MFA in Music Composition at California Institute of the Arts.

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