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Alexander Burke is an established music professional having worked as a film and television musical writer and composer, music supervisor and director, a musical performer as well as actor, producer, and writer.

Born and raised in Southern California, Alexander’s experience accompanying improvised comedy lead to him becoming the youngest musical director for the renowned Second City. Alexander was subsequently asked to be the musical director for “iO Theater 25 Anniversary Concert DVD” that included performances by Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, Andy Dick, Andy Richter and Rich Talarico (Rich later hired Alexander to be the composer of “Frank TV” on TBS – which would be his first TV gig).


After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Alexander decided to move back to Los Angeles where graduated from the University of Southern California’s film-scoring post-baccalaureate program and then quickly found work in television (being hired as part of the house band for the television pilot for Robert Townsend’s talk show “Night of Townsend” on TBS) where he met Eban Schletter (the composer of “Sponge Bob Square Pants”) and Grant-Lee Phillips (who was also part of the house band) and that relationship led to Alexander playing in Phillips band.  These relationships lead to Alexander and Eban being asked to perform with, and open, for Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields’ band “Dead Man’s Bones”.


During this time, Alexander became friends with Monique Powell (the lead singer of the band “Save Ferris”) through his neighbor Abby Travis (the bass player for “The Bangles”) and ended up playing on records for both of them and later joining the band “Save Ferris.” Alexander was a member of “Save Ferris” when they opened for Gwen Stefani at Irvine Meadows and for Mexico City’s infamous Ska Festival…

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Magnolia Memoir
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Alexander Burke

 
VIDEOS

 
Magnolia Memoir - "Odds & Ends" (Official Music Video)

 
Magnolia Memoir - " No One Like You " (Official Music Video)

 
Alexander on Instagram

#tbt to last night at @blackrabbitrose when @anderson._paak @mauricebrownmusic @shelitaburke and @andrealisa.comm guested with us. Best way ever to end 2019! #blackrabbitrose #la #losangeles #hollywood #hollywoodblvd #legends #music #jazz #andersonpaak #mauricebrown #radiohead #gorinbros #flatcap #vibraphone #vibes #trumpet #drums #bass #improv #music #live #livemusic #carvemusic

#tbt to last ni...

Had to swing by the @artinstitutechi and pay homage to Frédéric Bazille. He’s been my favorite painter since I stumbled onto his work wandering through the museum as a kid. #chi #chicago #art #artinstituteofchicago #painting #selfportrait #oldschoolselfie #impressionism #painter #paintersofinstagram #michiganavenue #french #lion #frenchpainter #frederic

Had to swing by...

Just finished an epic 24hrs of improv benefiting @letterstosantachicago at the @thesecondcity Every years it blows me away what @heatherwhinna and company are able to put together and how much love and laughter is in that room. It’s such an amazing charity that gives so much to this world. #letterstosanta #unconditionalgiving #charity #secondcity #secondcitychicago #improv #comedy #music #improvcomedy #chicago #thanksgiving #thanks #friends #reunion #annual #charityevent #show #chi #chitown

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Little clip of what to expect tonight and every wed at @blackrabbitrose fun starts at 11pm #jazz #jazzmusic #vibes #vibraphone #musser #ludwig #goorinbros #trumpet #bass #electricbass #ebass #hollywood #hollywoodblvd #la #losangeles #live #livemusic #livejazz #radiohead #shredding #solo #myfunnyvalentine

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I’ll be in Chicago Nov 25-26th for @letterstosantachicago attempting to stay awake and perform 24hrs straight! If you’re in Chicago go! If you’re not fly in! This is my favorite day(s) of the year and my favorite show. Too many people to tag, but look at this amazing line up! All profits go to benefit @unconditionalgiving #chi #chicago #secondcity #improv #improvcomedy #music #livemusic #improvisedmusic #jamspace #letterstosanta #unconditionalgiving #charity #charityevent #jefftweedy #jeffgarlin #superstore #wilco #friends #tradition

I’ll be in Chic...

#tbt to cracking up on stage last month while @itswilwheaton and @timheidecker where doing some bits at a @bobbakermarionettes fundraisers. Thank you to @nixols for involving me and @japepy for putting together such a wonderful event. Here’s to many more shows at the new Bob Baker Theater! #la #losangeles #highlandpark #comedy #livecomedy #livecomedyshow #music #livemusic #bobbakermarionettetheater #goorinbros #mellotron #nord #md #improv #carvemusic #lalife #comedylife #musiclife #composer

#tbt to crackin...

This is truly is the coolest and weirdest! Love being a part of this otherworldly crew. New episode with @davidarquette is out now! @withrepost • @davidarquette This may be the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced. Thank you @othersidewithzabrecky @robzabrecky @jgrossman11 @burke.alexander and the magnificent @mrsbobbymicrowave Link in Bio. Long live #machomanrandysavage and #misselizabeth (and an uninvited) #andrethegiant (sorry @robzombieofficial for tagging you) #theotherside #magic #magiccastle #seance #wrestling #ghosts #spirits #music

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The @dereksmallsmusic aka Harry Shearer show at the Wiltern was glorious and louder then eleven. @cjvanston crushed it on keys! #dereksmalls #spinaltap #thisisspinaltap #thewiltern #wilterntheater #la #losangeles #music #hardrock #metal #deathmetal #comedy #musiccomedy #comedymusic #bass #electricbass #harryshearer

The @dereksmall...