Ezra Axelrod ’08 is a London-based recording artist and composer originally from La Grande, Oregon. In November 2008 he recorded his first EP The Enfield Sessions with former Jamie Cullum bassist Jules Jackson. He spent the following winter and spring playing concerts at venues like 93 Feet East and the Cobden Club. In April, 2009, he embarked on a development project with a studio in Soho, and released a single with them at the end of 2009. In July, 2009, Ezra recorded a follow-up to The Enfield Sessions, a three-song suite entitled Patria now available on MySpace. Ezra describes his compositions as “vernacular realist song”: vivid narratives on contemporary themes over raw musical orchestrations.
On January 8, 2011, Ezra launched his "American Motel" International Tour at Mead Chapel at Middlebury College. The tour will consist of four months of performances on three continents, to coincide with the release of his second studio album American Motel. The tour showcases Axelrod’s skill as an orchestrator, featuring arrangements of his first two albums for piano, voice, and string quintet. The show is an exploration of 21st-century life through realist lyrics, lush harmonies and dynamic moods. Axelrod calls his style of music “Vernacular Realist Song”: vivid narratives, gritty soulfulness, and the stylings of a cowboy turned classical pianist—what you might expect if Joan Didion, Tom Waits and James Dean formed a band, with guest appearances by Franz Schubert.
Watch some numbers from the January, 2011 show at Middlebury:
Fútbol y mangos
At Middlebury, Ezra studied composition with Peter Hamlin and Su Lian Tan, voice with Carol Christensen, and piano with Diana Fanning. www.myspace.com/ezraaxelrod