Gestures of Other Worlds and the Musician’s Duty: An Interview with Alex Winkler

Alex Winkler

By Adrienne E. Meyers

I’m Alex Winkler, a musician who is starting his third year as a Music Composition major at the University of Houston. I study classical piano and composition, but my interests in other instruments, genres, and roles as a musician extend far beyond that. I’m interested in writing music in all styles and for many different purposes, but my various works are all aimed to move people through music. I wholeheartedly feel that it is my duty as a musician to combine my various interests and passions for art into a holistic creative process.

I’m currently working as the sole composer for Liberators: The Musical (Morningstar Theatrical LLC), which was accepted as the only musical theater work in this year’s Houston Fringe Festival which showcases local theater projects. This project has been a side project since the fall of 2011 and the first act will be premiered in late August – early September. Some of my past projects include playing keyboard, singing, and playing drums for rock bands in the Houston area, working as a recording artist for local studio Noteworthy Music, recording with various jazz musicians in the area, as well as being selected as the film composer a student film during my freshman year. My diverse set of interests have given me (and hopefully others) a lot of joy, and I hope to continue to work with great artists in the future as I pursue a career in Film & TV music.

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What inspires the music/creative process for you? Does it pull from past events, ideas, surroundings, interactions, etc., or does it begin more spontaneously?

I couldn’t say I approach the creative process in any one way, since I write so many different styles and each piece means something different for me personally. For instance, once when I was wandering the UH campus on a quiet, dark night, I looked into a fountain to find the reflection of a tree, illuminated by the soft yellow street light, looking back at me. The solitary melancholic image stuck with me sparked a melody in my head later that night, which I immediately played at the piano with the harmony and all. But sometimes things don’t come that easy as a composer. Continue reading