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NEW ALBUM on Patreon! And Fall US/Canada TOUR DATES

Dear Music Family,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones happy and safe.  My thoughts are with those dealing with the aftermath of the many recent natural disasters around the world.  More on that below…

It’s been a while since my last email. I hope you all had a wonderful summer.  Here are the highlights from mine: I got an inflatable Kayak and went lake camping with Charlotte the dog.  Charlotte got a lifejacket which has handles and is hilarious. I missed the eclipse completely. I got a basil plant and haven’t killed it yet. I spent a lot of time in my studio producing records and working on new music.

Also I’m going to Sweden in a week!  I was invited to the High Coast Songwriting Camp, consisting of 18 songwriters from all over the world.  I have no idea what to expect, but I’m super pumped about getting to meet/work with some super talented artists.  And I wouldn’t be mad if a little of that Swedish pop genius rubbed off on my new record.  Speaking of which…

I’m thrilled to announce that recording for my second solo album is officially underway!

The recording process can often be ridiculously isolated… an artist holes up in a studio, house, or underground bunker for weeks/months/years, does irreparable damage to personal relationships and personal hygiene, and emerges some time later to drop new music on an unsuspecting world. However, I’ve always loved when art is more of a conversation than a monologue, when listeners share their experience of the music and the artist reveals the seed behind an idea and how it becomes a finished song.

I want to invite my listeners into the creative process with the help of Patreon. Here’s how it works: You pledge a small monthly amount (as low as $1) and in return I give you access to cool stuff, like unreleased new songs and demos, behind-the-scenes videos of my production process from my studio, and even private online/in-person concerts and custom-composed music. All Patrons get exclusive access to the songs from the new album as they are completed, long before they are made available to the public. When you sign up at any level you will immediately get access to the first song from my new record, “Show Yourself.”

In light of recent events, I am donating 100% of all first-month proceeds from everyone who pledges by October 31 to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

It’s a strange time to be a musician as well as a music fan… we often wonder how to best support the independent artists we love… should we buy CDs, stream them on Spotify, or go see them on tour?  If you’re a fan of what I do as an artist, Patreon is THE BEST way to support my ongoing ability to create music and share it with the world. Please consider checking it out!

One more thing: None of this would be possible without the steady hand of my friend and new community manager for this Patreon campaign, Josephine Huynh.  She’s been working tirelessly alongside me to get ready for the launch, helping to design rewards that would be fulfilling for supporters, and helping to keep me on track throughout this process while I was consumed with writing and recording the music and occasionally pulling my hair out.  She’s talented, intelligent and organized, and I know firsthand that her support for the artistic community means the world to us musicians. People like her are a huge reason why we keep doing what we do.  Thank you Josephine!

 

EAST/WEST COAST AND CANADA TOUR WITH MEGAN SLANKARD

I’m excited to announce that I am heading out on another tour with the wonderful Megan Slankard This time we will be playing up and down the east and west coasts as well as a few shows in Canada.  Details below…

10/24 CAMBRIDGE MA – CLUB PASSIM W/ KAT GOLDMAN (TICKETS)

10/25 TORONTO CAN – FREE TIMES CAFE W/ KAT GOLDMAN (TICKETS)

10/26 – TORONTO CAN – HOUSE CONCERT W/ KAT GOLDMAN (RSVP)

10/27 – QUEBEC CAN – THEATRE LAC BROME (TICKETS)

10/29 NEW YORK NY – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

10/30 NEW YORK NY – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 1 (TICKETS)

11/1 FREDERICKSBURG VA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/2 RICHMOND VA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/3 PHOENIXVILLE PA – STEEL CITY COFFEE (TICKETS)

11/4 FALLS CHURCH VA – STONE ROOM CONCERT SERIES (RSVP)

11/8 LOS ANGELES CA – THE HOTEL CAFE  (TICKETS)

11/9 SAN DIEGO CA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/10 SAN FRANCISCO CA – DOCS LAB (TICKETS)

11/15 REDDING CA – VINTAGE WINE BAR (TICKETS)

11/17 PORTLAND OR – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/18 SEATTLE WA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/19 CENTRALIA WA – MCMENAMINS OLYMPIC CLUB (TICKETS TBA)

 

Thats all for now.  Thanks so much for being part of this conversation.

Much love,

Alex Wong

Happy 2016! New Song/Video, February and March Tour Dates

Happy New Year, Friends!
I hope 2016 has been good to you so far.  I’ve been feeling especially grateful lately, and before I get into the “me me me” portion of this update, I just want to give a heartfelt thanks to all of you for continuing to go on this journey with me.  It’s not lost on me what a privilege it is to make music for a living and to have people on the other end of these letters who continue to follow along and support what I do.  Thanks y’all!
Okay good talk.  Back to me.
NEW LIVE MUSIC VIDEO: “Maybe When You’re Older”
Songs for the new record have been slowly but surely starting to emerge from their hiding places, and I wanted to share one of them with you. Here’s an acoustic version of a brand new song called “Maybe When You’re Older” co-written with my buddy (and amazing artist) Elise Hayes, and recorded live in one take at Angelhouse South studios (camera work by Patryk Larney).  There’s been a lot of baby-having among my friends recently, and getting to observe this beautiful and strange phenomenon has caused me to wonder, “where do babies come from?” (yeah but, like, where do they reeeeeaaaallly come from?)  This song is an attempt to ask a baby directly, in the form of a lullaby.
FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL 2016
I was invited to be an official showcasing artist at this year’s Folk Alliance International Festival in Kansas City, MO!  Some of my absolute favorite musicians will be performing in the festival and I’m excited to play alongside them/get my mind blown by their sets.  If you’re planning to attend, please check the tour dates for updates over the next several weeks.
This festival will also mark the beginning of a month-long tour with the talented Megan Slankard and Korby Lenker, better known as…
THE DOERS AND DREAMERS TOUR
The DOERS AND DREAMERS TOUR is meant to embody the spirit of modern independent creativity.  As artists who have each carved out individual paths to sustainability, we want to give audiences a perspective from the front lines, and enable them to tap into their own creative spirit.  We want to challengethe traditional notion of experiencing live music and giving audiences a more immersive, interactive, and enjoyable experience. What does all that mean even?? You’ll have to come to a show to find out.
Here are the confirmed dates so far**:
FEB 17, KANSAS CITY MO - FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL
FEB 18, KANSAS CITY MO - FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL
FEB 18, KANSAS CITY MO – TEDx KANSAS CITY (ALEX WONG SOLO, WITH AMBER RUBARTH)
FEB 19, KANSAS CITY MO - FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL
FEB 20, KANSAS CITY MO - FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL
FEB 21, DES MOINES IA - GRAVEL ROAD CONCERT SERIES
FEB 23, CHICAGO IL - THE SPACE
FEB 24, SPRING LAKE MI - SEVEN STEPS UP
FEB 26, FALLS CHURCH VA - STONE ROOM CONCERTS
FEB 27, PHILADELPHIA PA - WORLD CAFE LIVE
FEB 29, NEW YORK NY - ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 3
MAR 2, BOSTON MA - CLUB PASSIM
MAR 5, GREENSBORO NC – HOUSE CONCERT
MAR 6, ATLANTA GA - RED LIGHT CAFE
MAR 9, NASHVILLE TN – TBA
** If you’re interested in hosting a house concert and live within driving distance of any of the above cities, let us know!  We have some open days on our tour schedule which we would love to fill with more music and lovely people.  Drop us a line and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
ALEX WONG and JESSE TERRY DUO EP
I’m also working on a duo album with one of my favorite artists and a source of boundless musical energy, Jesse Terry.  We got together last Fall to do some casual writing, and somehow it ballooned into a full-on concept album!  Without giving away too much, I will say it was one of the most intense and rewarding creative experiences of my year.  I’m really proud of the songs and I’m excited for you all to hear them.  More on this soon!
As always, I’d love to be in touch with you.  Feel free to email me here or find me on the social media places.
Enjoy the new beginnings, and thank you for listening.
Much love,
Alex Wong

Nominated for a Latin Grammy!

Last year, I produced vocals on a duet between Ximena Sariñana and Spanish artist Miguel Bosé, appearing on Bose’s Papitwo album. I recently found out that the album was nominated for Album Of The Year, and that I was nominated for a Latin Grammy as a mixing engineer! The ceremony is on November 21, keep your fingers crossed and I’ll keep you posted! Check the Grammy page HERE.

OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “OCEANSIDE” RELEASED TODAY!

I am excited to share some big news with you… we just released the official music video for my first single, “Oceanside”!  Directed by the talented duo of Lawrence Chen and Hagan Wong and featuring Mexican rockstar (and my touring keyboard player) Ximena Sariñana, the shoot took 5 days over 9 locations and involved hijinks such as jumping fully clothed into a swimming pool, diverting traffic at 2am so we could pull off crazy driving stunts, and occasional bribery.  But it was all worth it and I am so impressed with the brilliant work of the directors and crew.  I’m thrilled to be able to share this visual treat with you.

 

 

I really hope you guys like the video, and I’d be very grateful if you would post, tweet, retweet, blog or otherwise spread the link far and wide!

In other news, the record was released last week and is currently featured on the front page of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter section!  Thank you so much for supporting this new project, it means the world to me.

A STUDIO FALLS, AN ALBUM IS BORN!

Dear Friends,

Last May, I came home to NYC after being away for three months to find a letter from my landlord unceremoniously informing me that they are demolishing my studio to build (yet more) luxury condos in Williamsburg.  Man, I remember the good old days when I was the annoying hipster artist pushing out the real neighborhood with my kind… the circle of life is now complete.

For several reasons, both professional and personal, I have decided to move (back) to Los Angeles.  I will miss New York something awful but am grateful beyond words to have gotten the chance to create so much music with so many amazing artists at Angelhouse over the last eight years… and I’m excited to continue the tradition in a brand new (top secret!) location on the West coast…

Now then, on to some REAL news!

 

‘A CITY ON A LAKE’ ALBUM RELEASE JULY 17TH ON BEVERLY MARTEL RECORDS / PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW!

I am beyond excited to announce that my first solo album, A City On A Lake, will finally be released next month!!  The album will be released on Beverly Martel Records (www.beverlymartelmusic.com) on July 17, but you can PRE-ORDER it right here, right now:

http://acityonalake.com/acoal_preorder

Why pre-order you ask?  So far, I’ve funded this record entirely out of pocket, from recording/mixing/mastering to the artwork… but now I really need your help to get to the finish line.   Pre-orders will help me IMMENSELY to defray the large looming expenses of manufacturing the record, shooting the video, and promoting and touring the record as an independent artist.

Here is a quick rundown of the exclusive goodness you will get with your pre-order:

$20 – SIGNED CD (W/ MP3′S EMAILED TO YOU 2 DAYS BEFORE RELEASE), INVITATION TO PRIVATE STAGEIT CONCERT*

$50 – ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS INSTRUMENTALS OF ALL SONGS, MUSIC VIDEO, REMIX BY THE SHANGHAI RESTORATION PROJECT, AND ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION POSTER BY DIANA HO

$100 – ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS HARD COVER HANDWRITTEN LYRIC BOOK WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY MANUEL BUENO, AND LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED RELEASE POSTER FEATURING ART BY RENOWNED ARTIST BRIAN DETTMER (www.briandettmer.com)

* I will be performing a private show live from Angelhouse Studios through Stageit.com on July 17th ONLY for people who pre-order the album.  It will be my last chance to invite you all into the space that has meant so much to me and helped support my development as a producer and artist over the years.  I will be performing with my touring trio of Ximena Sarinana and Kevin Rice, plus Ward Williams on cello and a surprise special guest or two…

NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE

The official ACOAL website is now live!  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  And if you see anything amiss or anything that could be improved, please let me know as it’s 3 am right now and we’re still working on it :)

http://www.acityonalake.com


EAST COAST TOUR DATES

Right after the release, I will be embarking on a two week tour of the east coast in support of the album.  I will be touring as a trio  with my mega talented musician friends Ximena Sarinana (synths, bass, vocals) and Kevin Rice (drums and effects).  A few other special guests will also join us in New York and Boston shows… details below.

JULY 17 – PRIVATE STAGEIT.COM SHOW LIVE FROM ANGELHOUSE STUDIOS (*get access code with pre-order purchase)
JULY 18 – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 2, NEW YORK NY - FREE ALBUM WITH TICKET! 
(Get tickets here)
JULY 19 – CLUB PASSIM, CAMBRIDGE MA W/ KAT GOLDMAN (Get tickets here)
JULY 23 – JAMMIN JAVA, VIENNA VA W/ GOLD MOTEL (Get tickets here) 
JULY 24 – THE GRAPE ROOM, PHILADELPHIA PA W/ BEN ARNOLD ($5.00 Cover)
JULY 25 – THE NIGHT CAT, EASTON MD W/ DAVID WAX MUSEUM (Get tickets here)
JULY 27 – CAT’S CRADLE, CARRBORO NC W/ DELTA RAE (Get tickets here)
JULY 28 – HOUSE CONCERT, HENDERSONVILLE NC (email alex@highceilingsmusic.com for info)
JULY 29 – SMITH’S OLDE BAR, ATLANTA GA (Get tickets here) 
JULY 30 – 12TH AND PORTER, NASHVILLE TN 

Aaaand for all you Left coasters:

SEPT 8 – CAFE DU NORD, SAN FRANCISCO CA W/ MEGAN SLANKARD (Get tickets here)

More West coast tour dates to follow shortly, promise…


“OCEANSIDE” OFFICIAL VIDEO SHOOT

Last weekend, I shot my very first music video with directors Lawrence Chen and Hagan Wong (of awesomely spooky Delta Rae video fame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bimam2j2gEg).  It was an amazing experience and their (epic) concept and footage looks absolutely stunning.  The video will be released soon, but here is a small teaser video for you to check out now: http://acityonalake.com/wp/?cat=26

You rule for reading this all the way to the end.  I’m so grateful to get to share all of this with you.  Thank you for all your amazing support.

Much love,

Alex Wong