South Dakota born trumpeter Alexander Massa aims to create a sense of belonging wherever he travels. Right now, Chicago is home. Having resided in South Dakota, Winnipeg, South Texas, New Orleans, Iceland and the high seas over the course of his life, he is constantly drawing to and from his many experiences in music, and out.
He has performed, recorded and toured with hundreds of individuals and ensembles over the course of his tenure. To name a few – The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Vintage Trouble, Helen Gillet & TEPHRA, The Nth Power, Nikki Glaspie, Brian Haas (of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey), 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.
In addition to regularly being a sideman, he leads his own creative ensembles – The Fat Trio, an evolving funk/fusion musical vehicle typically consisting of 5-9 members; Strange Winds, and improvised chamber ensemble; Water Music, an exploratory and activism based project that focuses on the Global Water Crisis and Water/Land Protectors around the world; and Alex Massa Plays Well With Others. His influences are vast and he finds inspiration in regular walks, trees, brickwork, rainy days, books, and vinyl records.
In 2020, amidst the pandemic he released his first two documents; Alex Massa Plays Well With Others: Adventure #1 – Glaspie/Haas & Strange Winds: Llamas In Chicago (both on ears&eyes records), and is set to release the first volume of Water Music on November 1st, 2020, also on ears&eyes records.
Aside from music, Alexander is a registered and certified Yoga instructor, specializing in Hatha yoga, Pranayama breathing practices and meditation.
Feel free to reach out via email or follow him on the socials – @massanotmassa on instagram & twitter.