ABOUT THE BAND (2017)
Piktor's Metamorphosis takes you on a journey back to the aggressively beautiful and ground breaking compositions of the Jazz/Rock fusion era injecting their improvisational craft.
Neil "NAIL" Alexander
Jazz pianist and synthesist Neil Alexander has been performing and composing since age 1974. Perhaps best known for his tenure with “The Machine” (Pink Floyd Tribute) and “The Mahavishnu Project”, he performs in a wide variety of musical situations. Currently he is performing with “NA3: Stellar Groove Ensemble” and “Mr. Gone”, as well as performing solo in both acoustic and electronic formats. Neil has self released more than 8 CD’s; his last, a solo piano work entitled “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1” is earning rave reviews and was recently named one of the 50 best Jazz CD’s of 2013 in JazzTimes. He works with several NYC based Modern Dance companies, and has just completed a 2 year tour featuring his Solo Piano transcription of Stravinsky’s “Rite Of Spring” in celebration of the work’s centennial. Visit him on the web at www.Nailmusic.com.
Guitarist Monroe Quinn has been playing professionally since the age of thirteen. He studied for over ten years with jazz guitar great Remo Palmier. Since then he has performed with such artists as Billy Preston, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Hermans Hermits, Neil Innes, Joey Mallond of Badfinger, and Denny Laine from Wings and The Moody Blues. Monroe's recording Ill Dream Of You contains nine tracks, seven of which he composed. The CD has been played on 88.3FM WBGO and was chosen as one of the highlights of the year on their program Jazz From the Archives.
Monroe is profiled in the book The Jazz Guitar-Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1900 written by Maurice J. Summerfield and published by Ashley Mark.
The Hal Leonard Corporation has published Monroes transcriptions of solos by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and others.
Founding member of Piktor's Metamorphosis, bassist/composer Brian Mooney in his late teens studied harmony, physiology, and improvisation wih Gerald Carboy (bassist for fusion pioneers Barry Miles and David Sancious & Tone).
On both Electric and Double Bass Brian's experience spans Jazz, Fusion, Soul, Prog, R&B/Funk, Latin, Classical, Pop, & Rock both live and in the studios.
Brian was also a member of the phenominal and unique progressive rock group Advent and appeared on the group's latest full length release Silent Sentinel that recieved rave reviews ( The Prog Mind ). He is also a current member of Neil Alexander and NAIL. Brian has also performed with: Rob Paparozzi, Glenn Alexander (Jan Hammer/Stretch), Gary Oleyar (Fleetwood Mac, Loggins & Messina), Bernard Purdie, Ritchie "LaBamba" Rosenberg & Mark Pender (of the Conan O'Brien show).
Danny Pagan Drummer/Percussionist
Jazz Studies at Rutgers University under Freddie Waits, Michael Carvin, Charlie Persip,Larry Ridley and Frank Foster.
Private instruction with Milton Cardona, Eddie Romero, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Pat Petrillo & Charlie Tappan.
Performed with: Jonathan Butler, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Mylon LeFevre, Glenn Burtnik, Vernon Reid, Billy & Sarah Gaines, Carmen, Martha Munizzi, Rich Gomez, Ron Kenoly, Donny and Reba Rambo, Dave Kikoski, Russ Bonagura etc.
Private instructor at Westminster Music Conservatory for seven years.
Currently performing and privately teaching drums & percussion.
Former Piktor's Alumni
(former original member)
Pianist, keyboardist, composer, and educator Marc Stasio has written, performed, and taught jazz and contemporary music for more than 35 years. He’s been privileged to study under such distinguished pianists as Ray Santisi, Stanley Cowell, and Bill O’Connell, as well as composition and arranging with luminaries Bob Freeman and Herb Pomeroy.
When he's not performing with Piktor's he stays active scoring and collaborating throughout the New York/New Jersey area in performances and projects ranging from mainstream to modern.
Stasio received a B.M. in Arranging from Berklee College of Music (1985) and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from Mason Gross (2013). Stasio recently joined the Mason Gross jazz faculty as professor and Managing Director.
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