Sunday, October 9th at 7:00 pm
Pianist Alex Pryrodny, our very own Artist-in-Residence, teams up with award-winning tap dancer, Alex MacDonald for an evening of piano and tap in St. John's beautiful, historic church.
ALEX MACDONALD - TAPS
ALEX MACDONALD - The “multi-talented Alex MacDonald” (The New York Times) is a NYC-based tap dancer, choreographer, dance educator, and songwriter, whose work has taken him across North America, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa. He is the original tap soloist for the popular vintage band, Postmodern Jukebox, as well as the passionate hype-man for the Grammy award winning kindie band, Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets.
As a Fulbright scholar, he received his M.A. in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. In 2016, his talk, Oral Tradition in the Age of Smart Phones was selected for the TEDxFulbright Dublin conference. A patient and intuitive teacher, he is currently on faculty at Montclair State University, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, and Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA).
An accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist, his subtle blend of folk and jazz reflects his eclectic musical influences. To date, he has released three full-length, independent albums - Footprints (2011), Seasons and Shadows (2015), and Travel’s the Cure (2021).
He holds a B.A. in Musical Theater with a dance minor from SUNY Geneseo (‘08) and is an alumnus of the School at Jacob’s Pillow. He is grateful to have studied under and performed the work of such tap luminaries as Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Andrew Nemr, Derick Grant, Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith, and Michelle Dorrance.
ALEX PRYRODNY - KEYS
ALEX PRYRODNY - a New York City based pianist who uses the techniques of improvisation derived from a lifelong study of classical, jazz and world music and has been lauded as “highly gifted, very thoughtful and highly resourceful musician” by a Grammy Award winning producer Robert Sadin. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1984, Alex started studying piano at the age of 3 and gave his first public performance at the age of 6. By early teens, Alex has won the title of Ukraine’s best young composer twice, as well as several international competitions in classical piano, composition, and improvisation.
He has moved to the United States at the age of 16 to study jazz and classical piano at the University of Maryland and the New School and through private lessons and masterclasses with Andre Watts, Hal Galper, Fred Hersch and others. Alex has been awarded 2nd place at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition in Switzerland in 2012 and toured in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. He has recorded 2 solo piano albums and 2 EPs and his work as an arranger has received multiple nominations for the Golden Melody Awards in Asia.
In addition to his performance career, Alex is passionate about his work as the Music Director and organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, NY and the accompanist and music coordinator at Temple Emanu-El in Edison, NJ, organizing a variety of fundraising performances and interfaith and cross-cultural events.