Alex Samaras

Applied Voice

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America's leading singers in the jazz, experimental and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, Beverley Glenn Copeland, Jackie Richardson, Marvin Hamlisch among others. 

Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient music and his own original compositions. He has performed across the country in well known groups A Sondheim Jazz Project and The Queer Songbook Orchestra. Both groups have released records to critical acclaim.

Alex released his first solo album under the name TRYAL in 2017 and has since been touring and playing festivals around Canada.

He has premiered new operas, created roles in new musicals, and can be heard on multiple records. 

His work in the dance community has allowed him to collaborate with choreographers Susie Burpee, Ame Henderson, Meredith Thompson and others. He has an ongoing movement practice exploring the mechanics of the human body with Christine Wright, Susan St. Claire and Jennifer Swan.

Alex teaches singing at The University of Toronto Jazz Department, Humber College, Jazz Works Music Camp and National Music Camp where he runs a chorus of 200 hundred high school students. He is also the founder of the PAL Chorale for Seniors at the Performing Artists Lodge in Toronto. 

 

https://tryal1.bandcamp.com

www.sondheimjazzproject.com

www.queersongbook.com

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