Alex Shapiro, born in New York city, composes genre-defying acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her many works for diverse ensembles are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released recordings from around the world.
A familiar voice in the new music community, Ms. Shapiro advocates for fellow creators through public speaking and workshops, published articles, and a strong presence on social media. Her volunteerism has involved a wide scope of leadership, from the boards of national music organizations including the American Music Center, New Music USA, the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, and The Society of Composers & Lyricists, to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories marine research center. In 2014, Shapiro was elected to the Symphonic & Concert writer seat of the Board of Directors of ASCAP.
Born and raised in Manhattan and later a long time resident of Malibu, California, Alex now lives amidst nature on Washington State's remote San Juan Island. An award-winning amateur wildlife photographer, she can regularly be found communing with the sea life that surrounds her, as seen on her music- and photo-filled blog, www.notesfromthekelp.com, and her website, www.alexshapiro.org.