Alex Ivanov Band
Alex Ivanov was born on March 22, 1995 in Orlando, Florida and started playing guitar at age of 9. For his early steps in the Rock&Roll music you can hear him on YouTube. Link listed below. You’ll see five or six clips of Alex playing standards like “Johnny B. Good”, “Highway Star”, “Moving On”, “Smoke On The Water” and more.
Alex has played on many occasions for Biketoberfest Week at Boothill Saloon in Daytona Beach, Florida, B.F.F.A.R., Dog Pond Saloon in Bunnell, Florida, Ratt’s Hole and The Budweiser Stage in Leesburg, Florida (Biker Week), Baldwin Pub (Blues – Orlando) - just to list few of them. Last fall Alex played at ’08 International Kids Expo – Orange County Convention Center and at the Winter Park Art Festival. Though only a few years in a Rock and Blues scene, Alex had a chance to play together at the same stage with great musicians like Phil Stokes formerly of Pure Prairie Legue, Artimus Pyle formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dave Valliere, all with Southern Rocks Finest now, Harry Hall Count Basie Orchestra and many more.. An article about Alex written in the Orlando Weekly magazine with title: Holy Eddie Van Halen, This Cherub Rocks”.
The Beat Magazine stated even more proof that there’s something guitar-friendly in our water was the Natalie & Alex Ivanov Band at Baldwin’s Pub Friday, Oct. 5. The act is a Slavic family affair anchored by mother (Loretta, keyboard/vocals) and father (Stoyan, vocals/guitar) but, as the band’s name indicates, the children are the focus… they were like the rock & roll version of Mark and Lorna. But what they lacked in polish they more than made up for in spirit and charm. Despite the children nervous missteps, mom and dad constantly buttressed them with encouragement, so they get an A-plus for being such cool parents. Most important, the group reveled in the pleasure of playing together as a family and that warmth showed in their performance.
But let’s talk about the real attraction here: 12-year-old Alex. Once the kid shook off the nerves, he revealed the stuff wunderkinder are made of. Holy Eddie Van Halen, this cherub rocks with advanced technicality. Seriously, do a YouTube search for “Alex Ivanov” and you’ll understand what I saw. My only complaint is that he still thinks too much about what his fingers are doing. He needs to learn to feel the music more. Oh wait, he’s only 12! Give him some time – I’m thinking a matter of months here – and he’s gonna rule. Look out, James Killgallon, you may still be in braces but there’s already an auspicious young pup nipping at your heels.