Alekos Syropoulos
Saxophone, Piano, Songwriting, Composition

“Alekos is one of my favorite young saxophonists. He has a gorgeous sound and his playing keeps the important things about music—melody, groove, interaction, and a sense of joy—front and center. I smile every time I hear him play.” -Bob Reynolds


Background Information/Experience

A native of Miami, Florida, Alekos Syropoulos has become internationally known for his soulful contributions as a jazz saxophonist, keyboardist, composer, songwriter, and studio musician.

Over the course of his musical career, Alekos has performed and/or recorded with Sensae, Mac Miller, Vulfpeck, JMSN, Desi Valentine, Hollawell, WILDCAT WILDCAT, Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, Raquel Rodriguez, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, Ruslan Sirota, Teira Church, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Barbara Morrison, Madelyn Grant, Robert Hurst, The Macpodz, and a handful of more local Los Angeles artists. In the summer of 2016, he performed on JMSN's North American "It Is" tour playing saxophone, keyboards, and singing background vocals. In 2015, Alekos was the runner up in the International Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition as a jazz saxophonist and in 2012, he was selected by Jeff Coffin as the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition as a jazz saxophonist. In 2013, he graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan in Jazz Studies with a concentration in music composition.

Alekos' unique songs and compositions have been recognized and featured in a variety of mediums. He recently debuted his first EP on October 10th, 2016 with his Los Angeles based funk band Sensae, which features all original songs that he arranged and produced. In 2014, his original neo-soul song "Purpose", that was co-written lyrically by Madelyn Grant, has received over 200k plays on Soundcloud and received a rave review on the music blog scratchtheblock.com. During his collegiate career at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he won the 2012 Platzis Prize for his series of compositions that blended traditional Greek music and jazz with Detroit based pianist, Michael Malis. A live performance of this duo project at the Detroit Carr Center can be heard on the Malis-Syropoulos Duo Soundcloud page.

As a music instructor, Alekos has a wealth of experience with kids from all ages and backgrounds. Since 2008, he has worked with several musical organizations and outreach programs in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Los Angeles. In 2011, he served as saxophone instructor, jazz combo director, and ensemble assistant through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Jazz Program, led by Sean Dobbins. His ensemble performed in two annual concerts at Max M. Fisher Hall in Detroit and some of his students continued to become music majors at The University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, and Wayne State University. In 2012, he was the assistant director for the University of Michigan Youth Jazz Ensemble Program under Professor Mark Kirschenmann. The ensemble he assisted performed an annual concert at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.


Recent/Current Career Events


Alekos' unique songs and compositions have been recognized and featured in a variety of mediums. He recently debuted his first EP on October 10th, 2016 with his Los Angeles based funk band Sensae, which features all original songs that he arranged and produced. In 2014, his original neo-soul song "Purpose", that was co-written lyrically by Madelyn Grant, has received over 200k plays on Soundcloud and received a rave review on the music blog scratchtheblock.com. During his collegiate career at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he won the 2012 Platzis Prize for his series of compositions that blended traditional Greek music and jazz with Detroit based pianist, Michael Malis. A live performance of this duo project at the Detroit Carr Center can be heard on the Malis-Syropoulos Duo Soundcloud page.

Most recently, he has been teaching saxophone, clarinet, piano, and music composition at South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory since January of 2014. He hopes to continue working with young aspiring artists!

 

 


 

 

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