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Alex Wong and Megan Slankard - 1st April 2017

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Alex Wong is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. He released his first solo studio album: A City on a Lake (2012).“An acoustic gem of psych folk & perfectly weighted string arrangements, underpinned by great vocals that spin out in lyrical wonder” Tuppence Magazine

A true talent, he has written and collaborated with Amber Rubarth, Vienna Teng and a host of others, many who have played here over the years. We have been trying to get him across for ages.

“The name Alex Wong may not necessarily be one that’s immediately recognizable, but just take a look at his impressive résumé and it quickly becomes apparent that this is an artist who has already made a tremendous impact on the indie music scene in his varied career. Moving between the roles of singer-songwriter, producer, engineer, band member and all-around mentor, Wong has run the gamut and done so with aplomb and dexterity. His projects carry a subtle signature that is engaging, modern-with-heart and wholly engaging. His approachable skill pushes his collaborators to explore new territories and ways of expression, which ultimately benefits the project and creates sounds and spaces that reveal new strengths.” -Glide Magazine

Over the last few years, Wong has earned a reputation as a sought-after creative force, producing records for artists such as Delta Rae (Warner Music), Ari Hest (Downtown/Mercer St), Morgan Karr (Hollywood), Melissa Ferrick (Mpress), and Vienna Teng (Rounder/Universal). He garnered a LATIN GRAMMY nomination for his work on Miguel Bosé’s album “Papitwo.”

In 2012 he stepped into his own as a solo artist with his full-length release A City On A Lake. It became a Spotlight album on iTunes and was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage, and in 2013 he was invited to tour in the U.S. and Europe supporting Vienna Teng. His songs have been featured in numerous film and television projects such as The Last Song (Disney/Touchstone), One Tree Hill, and The Lincoln Lawyer (Lion’s Gate) and commercials for Google and Aquafina. Alex is currently recording his next solo album, composing a musical, and writing a cookbook in Nashville Tennessee.

Alex Wong's curiosity has a varied appetite, and he’s always fed it well. A steady diet of projects as solo artist, producer, composer, and fittingly, as chef, has taught him that the connections between seemingly separate disciplines can be a source of inspiration rather than distraction. Perhaps it stems from his synesthesia, a rare neurological condition where the brain perceives a relationship between unrelated senses. Wong sees sounds and hears colors. What a doctor would deem peculiar, his collaborators appreciate as a gift: this multi-sensory approach allows Wong to create visual soundscapes enhanced by his unique perception of the world around him.

"It's all creative expression -- just in different dialects," a Nashville-based Wong explains. He has an uncanny ability to communicate through varied genres and mediums, whether painting vivid worlds through his own songwriting, cultivating other artists’ ideas as a producer, or creating recipes for his pop-up restaurant, Angelhouse Family Dinner. His story has always been one of nonlinear paths, of redefining boundaries. From his time in major label band The Din Pedals (Epic), duo projects The Animators and The Paper Raincoat, to exploring his own voice as a solo artist, Wong has constantly pushed himself to find new flavors to satisfy his creative hunger.

Wong's commitment to indulging his curiosity has resulted in Latin GRAMMY-nominated production work (Miguel Bose), placements in film and television (Lincoln Lawyer, The Last Song) and major ad campaigns (Google, Aquafina), and album production projects with Delta Rae (Big Machine) Vienna Teng (Universal) and Ari Hest (Columbia), among others. It’s allowed him to criss-cross the globe, performing live at festivals like Coachella and Outside Lands, arenas in Mexico City and theaters in Europe and Japan.

And now it has led him to his current chapter, revealing his singular voice and vision as a solo artist. His first solo effort, A City On A Lake, contains darkly gorgeous, cinematic folk and vivid lyricism, undergirded by organic and electronic textures. No Depression called “haunting and enticing,” and the album caught the attention of NPR who invited him to perform the songs on their Mountain Stage radio show. 2017 will see the release of Wong's second full-length solo album, a long-form Musical Theater piece titled “The Paper Raincoat”, and a duo EP with Jesse Terry inspired by the stories of climate change refugees, as well several high profile collaborations between his pop-up series and popular Nashville restaurants. Whether in studio, on stage, or even in the kitchen, an unrestrained curiosity emerges as the common ingredient to Wong's prolific output. For him, the seemingly divergent becomes a vibrant convergence.

Megan Slankard.

A native Californian indie rocker,

Megan has sold over 35,000 copies of her four previous independently released CDs, and she is currently touring across the US to support her band's brand new fifth album, "Running on Machinery", which was recorded with the help of Nashville producer, Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae).

Her preceding album, A Token Of The Wreckage was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train). Her songs have also won several awards: in 2013 alone, she was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC), and a finalist in the Show Me the Music Contest. She was also a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA).

Touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe, Megan's adventures include opening for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, and touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler throughout Europe.

"San Francisco's Megan Slankard has more going for her than seems reasonably fair. She's whip smart, funny, a really solid guitar player and then she starts singing and blows the (unfinished) roof off the joint."

- Yellow Couch Sessions