Alex Ivanov

Alex Ivanov was born on March 22, 1995 in Orlando, Florida and started playing guitar at age of 9. He is able to play many different genres of music and he searches for any outlet where he can play. With his band, he plays rock and blues, in school he plays in their jazz band, and at home he plays metal and shredding licks for fun. He loves music and one can always find him sitting in his room, playing guitar, looking for new sounds. Alex has played on many occasions for Biketoberfest and Bike Week at Boothill Saloon in Daytona Beach, Florida, B.F.F.A.R., Dog Pond Saloon in Bunnell, Florida, Baldwin Pub (Blues - Orlando), Ratts Hole and The Budweiser Stage in Leesburg, Florida (Biker Week) - just to list few of them. Last fall Alex played at the 2008 International Kids Expo at the Orange County Convention Center and at the Winter Park Art Festival. Though only a few years in the Rock and Blues scene, Alex has had a chance to play on the same stage with great musicians like Phil Stokes, formerly of Pure Prairie League, Artimus Pyle, formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dave Valliere (all with Southern Rocks Finest now), Harry Hall, the Count Basie Orchestra, and many more. An article about Alex was written in the Orlando Weekly magazine with title: "Holy Eddie Van Halen, This Cherub Rocks: The Beat Magazine stated even more proof that theres something guitar-friendly in our water was the Natalie & Alex Ivanov Band at Baldwins Pub Friday, Oct. 5. The act is a Slavic family affair anchored by mother (Loretta, keyboard/vocals) and father (Stoyan, vocals/guitar) but, as the bands name indicates, the children are the focus_ they were like the rock & roll version of Mark and Lorna. But what they lacked in polish they more than made up for in spirit and charm. Despite the children nervous missteps, mom and dad constantly buttressed them with encouragement, so they get an A-plus for being such cool parents. Most important, the group reveled in the pleasure of playing together as a family and that warmth showed in their performance. But lets talk about the real attraction here: 12-year-old Alex. Once the kid shook off the nerves, he revealed the stuff wunderkinder are made of. Holy Eddie Van Halen, this cherub rocks with advanced technicality. Seriously, do a YouTube search for Alex Ivanov and youll understand what I saw. My only complaint is that he still thinks too much about what his fingers are doing. He needs to learn to feel the music more. Oh wait, hes only 12! Give him some time Im thinking a matter of months here and hes gonna rule. Look out, James Killgallon, you may still be in braces but theres already an auspicious young pup nipping at your heels. Currently Alex is writing and recording his own music. As of now he is finished with three songs ("Cutting Edge", "Judgement Hour", and "Girl with a String") and is now working on his forth.