SOLLONI ACCORDION ARTISTS
BIOGRAPHY, PICTURES, & VIDEOS
Alex Meixner is a nationally acclaimed musician, performer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of polka music. Formally trained in classical, jazz and ethnic music, Alex has cross-pollinated his versatile playing styles through pop music, funk, jazz and polka. He is an active ambassador for polka music, revitalizing interest coast to coast resulting in sold out shows, renewed cultural interest, and growing mainstream acceptance. For Alex, it’s more than playing energetic shows; it is a mission to provide a much-needed positive experience that pulls communities together to celebrate history, culture and genuinely good times.
Alex leads the Alex Meixner Band which performs approximately 180 times a year across the country for venues ranging from intimate events and clubs to massive festivals. The Alex Meixner Band is a regular headliner at Wurstfest (New Braunfels, TX), German Fest (Milwaukee, WI), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square, NY), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD).
In 2016 Alex collaborated with the notable advertising agency, BBDO, to produce the infamous Hormel Pepperoni commercials contributing to a successful sales campaign and contract renewals. At the end of 2016, he recorded with comedy phenomenon, Jack Black, for the major motion picture, “The Polka King”, that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Alex’s reputation for professionalism and quality performance attracted additional commercial opportunities including performing on radio commercials for Ford Trucks and the soundtracks for numerous episodes of “Moonshiners” on the Discovery Network.
As a leader in the polka music cultural renaissance, Alex performs fluidly in styles hailing from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Poland, and America/Cleveland. His signature style pays homage to the authenticity instilled in his DNA while adding a modern twist that appeals to a broad cross-section of audiences. By creating and performing an expansive range of new and traditional music for solo, small, and large groups, Alex has expanded the vocabulary of ethnic music and continues to maintain a body of work that places him among the culture’s finest performers.
Alex has performed on over 50 albums, including 17 as a leader or soloist. His album Polka Freak Out, a collaboration with Bubba Hernandez, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007. He has also recorded with a vast number of diverse artists as a soloist or sideman including avant-garde accordionist/composer- Guy Klucevsek, Grammy winners- Brave Combo, TexMex Rock icons- The Krayolas and Irish entertainer- Seamus Kennedy.
Alex is a formally trained educator with degrees from Ithaca College and the Pennsylvania State University. While on the road he is frequently booked for master classes, guest lecturing and as a clinician for schools, colleges, and private music schools.
*Alex Meixner uses Cleveland Accordion Electronics for MIDI & microphone installation/maintenance*
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Anand Joseph started playing the accordion a little over seven years ago and has been captivated by it ever since. During Anand's leisure time, he enjoys busking with his accordion. He is also a regular performer at the Oakland International Airport in California, taking part in "Tunes In The Terminal", the airport's new Performing Arts Program Series. Anand Joseph has also finished in 2nd Place (once) and 3rd Place (twice) in Sergei Teleshev's "Accordion Star International Accordion Competition" in the Amateur Category, as well as finishing 3rd in the Internet Open Trophy "Confederation Mondiale de l'Accordeon". Anand has built a following of fans on YouTube, with well over 2,500 subscribers tuning into his channel to watch his video documentation of close to 1,000 videos. He is known for documenting his musical journey on YouTube by recording videos showcasing his practice sessions and improvement, on both the Stradella and Free Bass systems on his Solloni Super Elite accordion.
Jessica Fligger embarked on her accordion journey about 10 years ago, spurred by her discovery that it was more captivating and portable than the piano she was taking lessons on at the time. In her hometown of Detroit, MI, she spreads her musical passion for the accordion through her performances at coffee shops, senior citizen homes, and parks. While pursuing a music minor at the University of Michigan and contributing as a clarinetist in the campus band, she persists in honoring her accordion skills under the guidance of Yakov Todromovitch through ongoing lessons.