Alice Bierhorst wears many musical hats. Primarily a songwriter, singer and drummer, she moves freely between bandleader, collaborator, sidewoman and teacher. She brings tremendous passion and conviction to everything she does and sees every gig as an opportunity for a deeper connection with life.
Growing up, she was exposed to her pianist father''s penchant for modern twentieth centruy classical music and her mother''s love of opera. Living in a remote village north of New York City, she taught herself piano and composition and studied classical voice and violin. She wrote her first album of songs at 14 on a Korg keyboard around the same time she learned her first chords on a cheap acoustic guitar.
In 1993 she moved to San Francisco and joined the vibrant music scene working alongside artists such as The Mommyheads, Sonya Hunter, Erik Pearson, Noe Venable, Amy X Neuburg, Adam Levy, Irene Sazer, and Val Esway among others. During much of this time she focused exclusively on songwriting and guitar until 1998 when she discovered drums and found the missing piece of the puzzle. Immediately smitten, she had introductory lessons with the visionary Dave Mihaly and was off and running.
Since 1999 she has lived in New York City where she has studied drums with the Modern Drum Shop''s Joe Cusatis (Chet Baker, Marian McPartland, Teddy Charles), Jim Pugliese (John Cage, Philip Glass, John Zorn), and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton) while leading her own bands and working as a drummer for a variety of artists. She has a special affinity for singer-songwriters including Sandy Bell, Jeremiah Birnbaum, David Celia, Greta Gertler, Eric Metzgar, Felix McTeigue, Katie Sawicki and Beth Sorrentino (for complete list of clients, scroll down).
She has been a member of several groups including the now-defunct Pleiadians (Cyndi Levine & Adam Savetsky), Jaleo (now The Sound Mirrors) and Rockdove (Sandy Bell, Laura Cromwell, John Mettam) and is currently a member of the Dixieland combo the Red Hook Ramblers .
Alice has released 10 albums of original material performed either entirely by herself or with a revolving cast of fine musicians. Her tenth album, "The Vigil", enlisted the talents of many of her favorite musicians (Jason Crigler, Anton Fier, Greta Gertler, Rob Jost & Noe Venable) as well as excellent engineers (Martin Bisi & Jack McKeever). Her achingly beautiful music has been compared to vintage visionaries such as the Velvet Underground, Nick Drake, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson and Joni Mitchell.
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