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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

It’s difficult to film and play but had to try! The final @thefloorimprovnight was last night, ending a decade long run. It was one of the best celebration/shows/nights I could have imagined! #thefloorimprovnight #salsa #nord #vibraphone #ludwig #musser #vibes #dance #dancing #fender #jbass #electricbass #congo #timbales #drums #la #sunset #sunsetblvd #losangeles #echopark #mikebalter #itsnotaxylophone #groupdance #improv

It’s difficult ...

Tonight is it! The final night of @thefloorimprovnight after 10+ years of being a staple of the improv, dance and music community. It’s without a doubt my favorite part of Los Angels and where I’ve met my artistic family. Thank you so much to @carolinacerisola and @sarscha9 for creating this. @kgsuperstar @djunieq and @djparispaul for the vibes/energy/voice and everyone who’s ever helped make this what it is and what it became. Thank you and can’t wait to celebrate with everyone tonight! #thefloor #thefloorimprovnight #thefloorimprov #sunset #sunsetblvd #losglobos #la #losangeles #hollywood #lalife #music #dance #dancing #improv #family #magic #vibes #vibraphone #nord #jazz #tap #salsa #hiphop #rap #randb #redline

Tonight is it! ...

One of the best nights in LA with the best people in LA! #la #losangeles #ladescarada #hollywood #cubanmusic #dance #thefloor #family #music #live #livemusic #friday #fridaynight #goorinbros #latinmusic #dance #dancing #bestfriend #bestfriends #epic #bestnight #club #speakeasy

One of the best...

I have a brief cameo in the latest issue of @blastosaurus where my Honda Element gets crushed by a mutant dog. Very weird reading this while sitting in my Honda Element and thankful art doesn’t always imitate real life🙃 #honda #hondaelement #comic #comics #dog #dogs #mutant #mutants #mutantdog #alien #aliens #element #crush #carcrushing #goorinbros #leatherjacket #blasto #goldenapple #la #losangeles #hollywood #car

I have a brief ...

Celebrating another amazing year teaching at @killiansworkshop without a doubt the best commercial acting school in LA and so proud to be a part of it! #killian #killiancommercialworkshop #commercial #commercials #acting #actor #actorlife #improv #leapandthenetwillappear #improvteacher #holiday #holidayparty #catchone #la #losangeles #hollywood #pico #picoblvd

Celebrating ano...

The sun is shining and I finally picked up issues 1-3 of @blastosaurus it’s the new comic by my friends Richard Fairgray and @pauleiding on @gapplecomics I’m not usually a comic but I’m already on pins and needles to find out what happens next in issue 4! Buy them now Before these first editions coast thousands of dollars like I know they will! #comic #comics #firstedition #issue1 #issue3 #issue2 #goldenapple #goldenapplecomics #comicstore #newcomic #melroseavenue #melrose #goldenapple #blastosaurus #dinosaur #dino #great #friends

The sun is shin...

The Green Mill is without a doubt my favorite jazz club in the world. I couldn’t wait to turn 21 so I could go there every night. Impossible to be back in Chicago and not visit! Love this place so much. #chicago #chicagoland #chi #chitown #green #greenmill #jazz #chicagojazz #jazzclub #speakeasy #music #livemusic #livejazz #artdeco #oldschool #greatmusic #uptown #uptownchicago

The Green Mill ...

Just wrapped an incredible 24hr marathon/benefit for the annual @lts24hour at the @thesecondcity in @chicago one of the greatest days of the year and we helped to raise almost 250k!!!! Thank you @heatherwhinna for having me and @emilycandini for bringing me back into the fold! This is one of the most amazing groups of improvisers I could have ever imagined sharing a stage with! #sc #secondcity #thesecondcity #secondcitychicago #chicago #letterstosanta #charity #improv #improvcomedy #music #musicaldirector #laugh #laughing #goorinbros #theater #live

Just wrapped an...