SINGER-SONGWRITER WORKSHOP WITH EDWIN MCCAIN, MAIA SHARP & PATRICK DAVIS AT THE PEACE CENTER
Had an unbelievable time working on refining my songs with award-winning recording artist Edwin McCain (writer/performer of 2 top 10 US Chart hit songs "I'll Be", "I Could Not Ask For More")(http://edwin.com/), award-winning singer-songwriter Maia Sharp (writer/collaborator for recording artists including Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, Edwin McCain & Art Garfunkel)(www.maiasharp.com), and Patrick Davis (writer/collaborator for recording artists including Jimmy Buffett, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Jewel, Robert Randolph, Gary Clark, & more)(http://patrickdavismusic.com) @ the Peace Center in Greenville, SC (https://www.peacecenter.org). Having such incredible artists and storied songwriter from the Nashville Music Scene help me innovate my own songwriting craft was an experience I can barely describe. #blessed
WILMA RAYTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
"Pastewski, a South Burlington resident, worked with local musicians to create the Harmonies for Humanity CD to benefit the organization. He contacted local musicians and asked them to write and perform songs that would illustrate the homeless issues and address its impact on society. Each artist has donated the licensing rights to sell copies of their songs on the CD and digitally via internet delivery platforms like iTunes, Amazon, etc. This allows those proceeds to be used as a direct donation to COTS. Not only did Alex connect with musicians, he landed sponsorships and technical support that made the CD a reality. He also wrote and sang one of the CD’s most moving tracks, Twisted. Since the CD’s launch earlier this year, Pastewski has helped organize performances at the COTS Walk and the Nonprofitpalooza, among others. Founded in 1982, COTS provides emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals, homelessness prevention, case-management and referral services to those who are homeless or marginally housed, and permanent housing to low-income families and individuals. "(http://www.otherpapersbvt.com/residents-honored-by-cots.html)
"A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE" WINS AKADEMIA AWARD FOR BEST ELECTRONICA ALBUM: FEBRUARY 2016
This cd marks a return to AP's electronic roots, namely experimenting with pure sounds. Begun with a political statement, continued in a scathing criticism of society, and following a path of introversion to find a new freedom and symmetry within, A Disturbance in the Force marks e real innovation in Alex P.'s sound. Grab a copy from Itunes, download from one of dozens of other downloadable websites, or stream it on one of the links above. (http://www.theakademia.com/february2016_bestalbum_danceelectronica8.html)
"HARMONIES FOR HUMANITY, VOL. 1: COTS CD" EARNS PRAISE FROM BERNIE SANDERS, VT STATE US SENATOR
"You volunteered a generous amount of your time, working with local musicians to create an album of original songs about homelessness-both the issues faced by homeless individuals, and the impact of homelessness on society. You found artists who were willing to write and perform these songs and donate the licensing rights so that revenue generated from sales will go directly to COTS in perpetuity. Thus, your work will benefit COTS for years to come. Congratulations once again and thank you for all that you have done to help end homelessness in Vermont! Keep up the good work! - Sincerely, Bernard Sanders, United States Senator
ALEX P. LIVE ON WBKM
Had a great time speaking with Tony from WBKM about the COTS cd at WBKM radio in Downtown Burlington, VT. Deep conversation about this amazing project, working with the artists, behind the scenes info, and a special rendition of "Twisted", the song that started it all.
Alex P. LIVE W. THE AEROLITES ON TAZ MICHAELS
It was awesome to go on the TAZ Michaels Radio Show. I got to talk about the COTS CD: Harmonies for Humanity Vol. 1 release, what it was like working with 17 other amazing local artists, the conception of this project, how it came to be, and what else we're doing to make the local homeless shelter some donation money this winter. SPECIAL GUESTS: JEREMY HARPLE & VICTOR VEVE FROM THE AEROLITES joined me in the studio. Jeremy & I treated the audience to one of my songs, "Drifting". It was an amazing night, one to remember forever.
ALEX P. LIVE AT THE COTS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Every year, during the week of the Winter Solstice, people in Burlington pause to reflect on those who are homeless in our community. The annual COTS Candlelight Vigil takes place outside City Hall on Church Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Advocates and people who are homeless read names, ages and brief vignettes about some of the people who have turned to COTS for help this year. This is a moving event and an opportunity to take time out during the hectic holiday season to remember those who most need our help and focus on what is being done to help them regain independent lives.
Songs by school choirs and refreshments inside City Hall round out the hourlong tribute. I was happy to play "Twisted" for everyone to close out the event with a solemn moment of remembrance.
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