ABOUT

 

Alki’s extensive theatre resume includes conducting “Those Were the Days” on Broadway, and “On Second Avenue” off-Broadway. He Musical Directed “Gifts of the Magi” at the Lambs’, “The Little Prince” starring Tony-winner Daisy Egan at the John Houseman, and the 25th Anniversary production of Jacques Brel at the Village Gate. Other NY credits include playing keyboards for “Tommy”, “Once On This Island”, and “Catskills on Broadway”. Alki served as Associate Conductor and pianist for “A Chorus Line”, as well as conducting and playing the first national tour of “Five Guys Named Moe”. He also musical directed Joel Gray in his solo portrayal of his father, Mickey Katz, at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and conducted two-time Tony-nominee Bruce Adler in concert.

Alki served as Assistant Musical Director for Carnegie Hall’s 100th Anniversary Tribute to Ira Gershwin, a star-studded concert that airs on PBS’ “Great Performances” series.

Alki was composer-in-residence at the world-renowned La Mama theatre, where he collaborated frequently with Tom O’Horgan on numerous shows, workshops, and concert retrospectives of the legendary Broadway director’s shows. He musical directed/supervised the multi-celebrity benefit “A Call for Bread” at Madison Square Garden. He founded and led the popular New York Latin-jazz band, “Zig-Zag”, and represented the United States on a two-month goodwill tour of Mozambique and South Africa with the Friends Across Borders Project.

 

As a performer, Alki recreates the songbooks of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Hoagy Carmichael, the latter available on CD. He has appeared in concert with cellist, Eugene Friesen, of the Paul Winter Consort, and with rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famers, THE BAND. His performances in Portugal with the group Filantropia culminated in sharing the bill with Brazilian superstar, Milton Nascimento at the Tom de Fest in Tandela. He has recorded with legendary singer/songwriter, Richie Havens. Alki is a frequent featured soloist at the prestigious Lucerne Festival’s Off-Stage Piano in Lucerne, Switzerland.Alki has recorded and arranged for the Muppets, Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks Interactive, George Lucas’s Lucasarts, and Pixar, while assisting and collaborating with his former student, Grammy / Emmy / Oscar winning composer, Michael Giacchino.Alki has three CDs, “PHILATELY”, which showcases his songs and music, and features performances by musicians from the Miami Sound Machine, and Latin-jazz Grammy winner Nestor Torres; “MUSIC FOR SENTIENT BEINGS”, a meditative ambient work featuring acclaimed world musician, Jorge Alfano, on ethnic flutes, and “AS. IS.” a live solo concert recording reminiscent of Keith Jarrett’s famed Koln Concert.He has published one novel, THE MAN WHO CAME LATE TO HIS OWN FUNERAL, and numerous short stories. His one man show, “TIME 7:53”, an exploration of time in word and song, premiered at NEYT in October 2001. His musical, “21”, the story of baseball legend and hero, Roberto Clemente, has just received its World Premiere production at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, October, 2014.  Most recently Alki has some additional music in the Disney movie, ZOOTOPIA. Please visit the "21" link on this website to learn more.