Described as “an example of pure charm and whimsy” by The New York Times and quoted as “unarguably personifying DIY for the millennium” by Creative Loafing Atlanta, Alexa Dexa is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with footholds in composition, electronic sound design, and performance. Her toychestral electronic pop solo project parades her soulful vocals, computer-based sequences, and enough instruments made with children in mind to rival a playpen. The most beloved toy in her ever-growing collection is her 18-key Schoenhut baby grand toy piano.
Alexa’s work cushions innately childish and affable toys in a labyrinthine electronic sound-world riddled with illuminating word play. She was awarded the 2015 Creative Individuals Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for her album “Year of Abandon” and a 2014 Puffin Foundation grant for her activist album “Whale Bones and the Boundary of a Fish”. Alexa’s ongoing projects include Chorale Corral: A Living Sound Library, a collection of found objects that invite public participation in cataloging and fulfilling their potential as sound-makers, and Culture Culture: Cultivated Samples, a collection of field recordings taken from her tour travels that frame society through sound. She also leads a workshop on “Pursuing Indie Music Professionally” for high school students through the BOCES Arts-in-Education program. Her past projects include taking on the capacity of Sound Designer for the Off-Off-Broadway production of “Someone’s Trying to Kill Me” at NYC’s HERE theater.
An adventurer at heart, Alexa spends 4-6 months out of the year touring the world with a strong do-it-yourself ethos. Her self-booked tour itineraries from 2012 to the present have taken her throughout the United States, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. With her Schoenhut toy piano, a 40 liter Deuter backpack, 7 desk bells, and an iPhone housing her beats, Alexa traverses the map with ease, heavily favoring use of public transportation. Her festival appearances include New Zealand’s Future City Festival, Croatia’s Fairy Tale Festival, the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, Burning Man, Germany’s Fusion Festival, NYC’s UnCaged Toy Piano Festival curated by toy piano legends Margaret Leng Tan and Phyllis Chen, Detroit’s Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts for which Alexa created and performed with site-specific sound installations including her Living Sound Library, and Make Music New York for which Alexa composed and organized mass appeal performances for toy piano and theremini.
Dexa is Alexa’s middle name, after her paternal granny. Always enchanted with miniatures and sonically drawn to resonant bell tones, it is not much of a surprise that upon first discovering the realm of toy instruments at the age of 20, Alexa fell head over heels instantly and immediately began to seek out the toys she now uses to self-accompany and that continue to shape the contours of her compositions and musical sensibilities.
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