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Alex Samaras


ALEX SAMARAS (vocalist) Toronto-based vocalist Alex Samaras is quickly becoming one of Canada's leading vocalists in the jazz and new music scene. Alex studied vocal performance in the jazz program at the University of Toronto and particpated in the International Workshop in JAzz and Creative MusicBanff Center's  Program. Alex also spent time working in New York City with contemporary arts icon Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble, performing a range of her unique pieces.

In Toronto he is currently performing with his own trio, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and 'A Sondheim Jazz Project.' Alex is the founder and artistic director of his own eight voice group GREX which performs new and experimental vocal works and which was featured in the Music Gallery's EMERGENTS series for up and coming artists. Last year, he was selected into the Young Center Emerging Artists Program under the mentorship of Greg Oh. He is at the Young Centre this year as a guest conductor with their "Young Centre City Choir." This coming season Alex will be teaching at the University of Toronto and Humber College in the Jazz Departments.

He can be heard on a number of recordings including Toronto bands THOMAS, Steven McKay and his first recording project 'ninety-two' with his experimental/folk/improv group Old Salt.

Alex teaches privately and has worked in schools and camps across Canada and the United States leading improvisational theatre workshops and music/voice masterclasses.

Believing that continued training is essential, Alex studies voice with Jeannie Lovetri and theatre with Peter Wylde at The Wylde Project.