Biography

Alex Waterman is a founding member of the Plus Minus Ensemble, based in Brussels and London, specializing in avant-garde and experimental music. In New York he has performed with the Either/Or Ensemble. Alex has worked with musicians and artists such as Robert Ashley, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Schumacher, Marina Rosenfeld, Anthony Coleman, Ned Rothenberg, David Watson, Chris Mann, Alison Knowles, Thomas Meadowcroft, and Steve Heather. He has performed as guest musician with numerous ensembles, including Champs d'Action, Q-O2, and Magpie Music and Dance Company. Waterman has made music for numerous European ballet and modern dance companies including Freiburg Ballett/Pretty Ugly, Scapino Ballet, Nederland Dans Theater III, and others.

In 2014 Alex completed his PhD in musicology at NYU and published a book about the composer Robert Ashley with the designer and writer Will Holder. Alex was also an artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial alongside Robert Ashley. He directed and staged 3 operas by Robert Ashley including an all-new live television opera version of Perfect Lives in Spanish (Vidas Perfectas). His writings have been published by Dot Dot Dot, Paregon, FoArm, Bomb, and Artforum.

Press and Reviews

"(Richard)Carrick’s relative gentleness was all but blown out of the room by Alex Waterman’s ferocious reading of Kottos, in which Iannis Xenakis asks the cellist to pressure the instrument into a sputtering explosion of harmonics and noise. The unearthly beauty produced seems borne of a planet in constant, seething turmoil, where snarling, lunging glissandi are the sounds of the day. I can’t imagine a cellist applying more dedication than what Waterman unleashed, like Bartók on steroids."
  --Bruce Hodges

Free Music Archive:

Alex Waterman on Free Music Archive

New World Radio:

Alex Waterman on New World Radio

UbuWeb:

A Necessary Music on UbuWeb

New York Times:

Picks for 2007, Bernard Holland

Artforum:

Art Forum Critic's Picks: T. Nikki Cesare, 9/07

Alison Knowles: Top Ten, 9/07

Eileen Quinlan: Top Ten, 1/07

Alex Waterman: Top Ten Music of 2007

Time Out NYC:

2008's Top Live Show: Miya Masaoka and Alex Waterman, 01/08

More Kind Words:

Excerpt from Bruce Hodges' review in Seen and Heard International
(A review of the concert pictured at The Kitchen, 2007.)

With the skill and dedication of three archaeologists, Either/Or founders Richard Carrick and David Shively, with the help of cellist Alex Waterman, presented an unusually interesting look at some artifacts from the avant garde of the 1950s and 1960s (with one vault into the 1970s). Held in The Kitchen’s high-ceilinged upstairs gallery, the concert had a “turning back the clock” effect, enhanced by some pillow seating on the floor. On the walls, an exhibit co-curated by Waterman called Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music showed the sometimes-startling variety of composers’ visual notation, from a tightly-ordered pattern of tiny blocks, to a huge sheet of brown paper daubed with wisps of paint...

Waterman made an intelligent case for one of Morton Feldman’s shorter works, Projection 1, with typical delicate tones competing for attention with pauses. With acute attention to phrasing and dynamics, Waterman breathed uncanny life into a work that seemed over too soon.
  --Bruce Hodges