Having moved back to his hometown of Rapid City, SD in late 2020, South Dakota-born trumpeter Alexander Massa has spent the past 12 years in New Orleans, Winnipeg, Chicago, and Iceland. He has toured around the world as a sideman and a bandleader, with his projects being featured in Iceland, Spain, and throughout the United States.
He has had the privilege to perform, tour, record and collaborate with hundreds of individuals and groups in these places. A shortlist: The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Vintage Trouble, Helen Gillet & TEPHRA, The Nth Power, Nikki Glaspie, Brian Haas, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, The Trumpet Mafia, Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band, Mike Dillon, The Revivalists, Samantha Fish, The Treme Brass Band, and Galactic.
His own projects include: The Fat Trio, a vehicle for original fusion/funk/avant-garde; Strange Winds, an improvised chamber winds ensemble; Skeleton Crew, an electronic duo with modular synthesist Chris Puente (CHI); Water Music, an exploratory and activism based project, focusing on the Global Water Crisis and Water & Land Protectors around the world; Alex Massa Plays Well With Others, a collaborative project emphasizing new musical relationships; Alexander’s Good Eggs, a traditional New Orleans Swing group, playing New Orleans music from the 1910’s to the 50’s as well as original music in the style, and a solo project featuring Alexander with his horn, effect pedals, and synthesizers.
His records can be found at Bandcamp
In addition to performing, Alexander writes music for film – documentaries, shorts, features, and experimental film – recently completing a graduate diploma from the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.
Alexander is also a certified yoga teacher, offering multiple classes in-person and online throughout the year.