Alex Cano (Percussion, Drums)
Alex Cano is a New York based folk/alternative rock solo artist. Studying music since the age of 5, he began his professional music career as a drummer in his mid teens. He has since lent his multi-instrument skills to a myriad of musical projects, eventually falling in love with songwriting and shifting his focus toward his own solo career shortly after graduating college.
Cano’s sound has been described as a cross pollination between high energy alternative rock, and reflective folk/roots rock with a touch of outlaw country. His soulful baritone voice (often compared to those of Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, and Eddie Vedder) makes you feel his honest stories of resilience and survivorship. Significant influences include Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Soundgarden.
Alex’s debut album ‘Every Rise of the Sun’ was released June 25, 2019. Co-Produced by Cano and his cousin Nick Sochan, and a majority of the instrumentation performed by Cano himself, it has since been featured in publications such as Paste Magazine and Indie Current. LEading up to and following its release, Cano has toured the United States in support of the record. Still active, the tour has spanned over 50 cities, and has been highlighted by performances such as Pleasantville Music Festival.
Joss Cano (Percussion, Drums)
Joss started Cello at age 5 and percussion at age 12. Joss fell in love with the Drum and became a Drummer of underground bands such as Feedback and later the popular French-Canadian country-punk Band WD 40. In the early ’80s while studying for a bachelor in performance Joss became the drummer of combos such as The Starlighters and The Savoy Swing Band at the Opemguin Caffe in Ottawa.
Early classical percussionist performances include recordings of the flight of the Bumble Bee, Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Young Artist Series, and chamber orchestra performance of Bach A Minor Violing concerto performed on marimba.
In 1985, Joss Cano was selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He played under the direction of Ole Schmidt, a disciple of Danish composer Carl Nielson, who gave Joss his first conducting score for Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite as an inspiring gift for the young musician he addressed as “very gifted.” In the late ’80s Cano was a regular percussionist with the Ottawa Symphony and the National Arts Center Orchestra. Among the conductors with whom Joss holds fond performance memories is the late Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. He performed with Kunzel on several occasions with the NAC Orchestra.
As Musical Director Joss has conducted classical and Broadway stars such as Karajan Gold Medalist Violinist Hanna Starosta, British soprano Fiona Jessica Wilson, and the world’s longest-running Phantom of the Opera, Frank D’Ambrosio.
A regular director-producer and music consultant for the Musiqueplus-Musimax and BRAVO! Networks in Canada in the ’90s, Cano conducted in-depth interviews with many notable recording artists such as Renée Fleming, Zubin Metha, and Philip Glass.
His passion for rhythm and especially for Afro-Cuban music led him to produce documentaries with all the members of the Buena Vista Social Club that were nominated for the Canadian Prix Gémaux. Joss holds a B.A. degree in music from Ottawa University and an M.A. degree in music from Université de Montréal, Canada. He also earned a Television Production Certificate from the British Broadcasting Corporation, London, where he directed a short documentary about the original recording of Star Wars with members of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Joss co-directed the original production of Time Travelers and Fame Academy. Over the last 10 years, he co-directed Disney’s junior performances of Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Aladdin, and more recently, IPBA’s Virtual Moana jr. He was recently credited “original idea by” for the Virtual Nutcracker entirely filmed on green screen with virtual backgrounds. Joss also helps to promote teachers online emphasizing the creative ways to use virtual mediums. Joss lives now in California with his wife Zaylin and their sons Ethan and Eliah. He teaches his first passion Drums, and Percussions online, for the Crestwood Music Education Center.