“Some time ago I took a road trip and visited the breathtaking redwood forests of Northern California. Standing among these majestic trees, some of which are over two and a half thousand years old, was like stepping back in time. It was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. The strength and nobility of these grand, old ambassadors formed the inspiration for this work.”
Composed & Performed by Alex Stopa
Director & Cinematographer: Michael Tushaus
Second Camera: Alberto Triana
Camera Assistant: Maximus Garcia
Audio Engineer: Eric Rickey
Performed at the Art Square Theater, June 6th 2016, Las Vegas NV
Praised for his “wonderfully creative musical instincts, dazzling technique and high-octane stage presence,” (Scott Stevens, New York Metropolitan Opera) Australian-born Alex Stopa is in high demand as a drummer, percussionist, marimba soloist, and clinician.
A highly versatile artist, Mr. Stopa has performed extensively in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, France, Belgium, Japan, and Hong Kong. Mr. Stopa performs regularly as a percussionist and timpanist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic & Nevada Pops Orchestra, as drummer & percussionist for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Zarkana,” and for the rock group “Big Talk” (the solo project of Ronnie Vannucci from “The Killers”) with whom he performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has performed with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Idina Menzel, Donny and Marie Osmond, Maná and Prince Royce, and Charo, in productions of “Wicked”, “The Lion King”, “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular”, “Mary Poppins”, “Evita”, “Mamma Mia”, and “The Producers”, and as a percussionist for the Latin Grammys, Dallas Brass, Nevada Ballet Theater Orchestra, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
As a marimba artist he won first prize in the James K. Huntziger Concerto Competition and gained considerable acclaim with awards at the Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Australian National Marimba Competition. As a passionate advocate of new music, Mr. Stopa has performed numerous world premieres including Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic’s “Magma” for solo marimba, and “Drifting on Winds and Currents” composed by Samuel Adler for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He premiered Sir Peter Maxwell Davies work “A Glass of Frontignac” (the day after it was composed!) at the Barossa Festival in South Australia with the Elder New Music Ensemble.
In addition to his diverse performance career, Mr. Stopa is an enthusiastic educator who is always eager to share his passion for music with students of all ages. He is actively involved with educational outreach programs and frequently presents clinics and workshops. His recent appearances have included Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian National University, Victorian College of the Arts, Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, South Dakota State University, Montana State University Billings, Winona State University, College of Southern Nevada, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Pana Percussion Summer Institute.
Mr. Stopa has recorded extensively and can be heard on Klavier Records, Arsis Audio, Young American Records, Tacky Records, and Recordhead labels, and on the soundtrack to the movies “The Project” and “Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West”. His original compositions and arrangements are published by Tapspace music. His teachers include Keiko Abe, Bogdan Bacanu, Dr. Dean Gronemeier, and James Bailey. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Elder Conservatorium (Australia) and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently resides in Las Vegas where he serves as adjunct faculty at the College of Southern Nevada. Alex Stopa proudly endorses Sabian Cymbals and Majestic Percussion instruments.