Alex Thrailkill is a musician, teacher, performer and recording artist, and Brooklyn resident of 10 years.
His work in the theatre focuses on the development of new musicals - notably Cowboy Bob, created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips and Annie Tippe. The show’s score by Jeanna Phillips was developed with arrangements and additional music by Thrailkill, and he’s served as the music director for workshops, concerts, and productions at New York Stage And Film, the Polyphone Festival at University of the Arts, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Rockwood Music Hall, and Ars Nova.
He has frequently supported cabaret artist Salty Brine as music director and arranger for his Living Record Collection, including How Strange It Is (featuring Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and The Diary of Anne Frank), I’m A Lot Like You (featuring Weezer’s Pinkerton and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), and Dean. Maybe Frank. Maybe Sammy. (featuring Radiohead’s OK Computer and the performances of Dean Martin).
He has mounted several new and re-arranged works with director Andrew Neisler, including a piece currently in development with arranger Ada Westfall for Virgin Voyage’s new cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, as well as a re-imagined and re-arranged production of GUYS + DOLLS (featuring Westfall’s arrangements) at University of the Arts.
He’s created several performances with the now-closed Spring Street Social Society - including co-composing the score for Secret Supper: The Musical with Jeanna Phillips, and music directing Mermaiden; Or, The Monogamy (music by Ian Axness). Both shows were directed by Andrew Neisler with a book by T. Adamson. Alex has composed, arranged, and performed music for several additional Spring Street Social Society events at secret venues around New York City, and the Barbican Centre in London.
Additional performance credits include the title role in Finn the Fearless by Andrew Butler and Andrew Farmer in concerts and workshops at Ars Nova and Theatre Aspen; and performing with the Fresh Ground Pepper company in Camp Over There, a series of immersive experiences at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
In addition to work in the theatre, he has recorded and performed music with several bands and songwriters. A selection of recordings featuring his work can be found here.
In 2017 he co-founded Little Bandits, a weekly music class that introduces young children to the joy of creating music together. More information, including the Little Bandits album, here.