As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Alexander Gedeon led the Brooklyn-based trio Trick & the Heartstrings, establishing a devoted cult following in New York City during the early-to-mid 2000s. Alexander styled and choreographed the band’s highly regimented live show, which London’s New Music Express proclaimed as “a supertight howl of righteous rhythm and blues with jaw-dropping pop twists.”
The show drew inspiration from diverse musical and theatrical sources, from the minimalist choreography of Lucinda Childs to the raw soul of early 80s house music. Trick & the Heartstrings recorded with legendary pop music producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + the Machine) and signed to Warner Bros subsidiary 679 Records in the UK.
In 2017, as Yellow Alex, Alexander released House of Discipline, coinciding with his opera directorial debut (La tragèdie de Carmen). House of Discipline featured two ‘pick of the week’ recordings on LA’s KCRW and received over a year of airplay, with music featured on ABC TV and i-Tunes stores worldwide.
Consistent throughout this era of work were epic, theatrical expressions of emotion undergirded by highly choreographed and stylized live shows, drawing from the historical performance traditions of rhythm and blues. These currents, along with his lifelong passion for modern and contemporary classical, provided Gedeon the eventual intersectional genesis for devising his own opera work.