Alex Spurkel - Biography
Doumbek & World
Alex Spurkel is an accomplished drummer with over 15 years of
experience in both Western and Non-Western traditions. His forté
is world percussion--particularly the Middle-Eastern Doumbek--and
his unique brand of electronic drumming suited for various genres
of dance music. Alex routinely dazzles his audiences with his
dynamic style, explosive flare, and razor sharp precision. Although
he is well studied in several ethnic traditions, he is by no means
a traditional player. Alex combines his Arabic as well as his
African, Indian, and Western percussion skills with his talent
for electronic drumming and programming. The result is a sound
that is extremely contemporary and exciting for young Western
audiences, while still maintaining the respect and appreciation
more traditionally minded ethnic listeners. Alex is a truly unique,
creative, and effective drummer and musician.
As an innovative and multifaceted player, Alex developed a very
unique style of electronic drumming. He has toured and recorded
extensively with Electric Skychurch, one of electronica's
premier true live bands, and has gained a reputation around the
country as one of the few drummers that can effectively play live
Trance, Break Beats, and Drum 'n' Bass. Of course, he also blends
his electronic grooves with his Arabic and Word percussion skills
in a way that seamlessly fuses these two often-opposing worlds.
Alex is featured with Electric Skychurch in the recent
house/techno documentary Better Living Through Circuitry.
Recently, Alex has teamed up with former Red Elvises drummer Avi Sills and formed Naked Rhtyhm, his latest project that is currently producing a Middle-Eastern/World electronica album for Hollywood Music Center. See News section for details and the latest!
& World Drumming
Being an accomplished doumbek player Alex has also delved into
the Mideast music and world fusion scene. Having apprenticed under
master Arabic drummer Souhail Kaspar and studied with other world
drum masters such as Francis Awe and Kobla Ladzekpo, he has the
skills necessary to captivate and delight his audiences. He routinely
plays Middle-Eastern concerts around Los Angeles and performs
regularly with prominent bellydancer Anahata. He is also a core
member of the Shaman's Dream World Groove Ensemble, and
has recorded with a variety of artists in LA. Some of his Arabic
percussion can be heard on the soundtrack for the animated feature,
Sinbad: Beyond The Veil Of Mists.
Recently, Alex was chosen for the prestigious task of recording
a sampling CD for Sonic Foundry's highly respected loop libraries.
His drumming will soon be used and heard on possibly thousands
of commercial tracks worldwide! (Click here
for more info on this project.)
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