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Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
Alex Watrous
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Alexander Watrous' keyboard-based dreamscape score for the film 'I Can Fix This' evokes the early '70s classical masterworks of Walter Carlos (Switched-On Bach / A Clockwork Orange) and the avant-garde musings of Philip Glass (Songs from Liquid Days). The soundtrack is a family affair. 'I Can Fix This' was directed by brother Elisha Watrous, and the track 'Death Is Not Forever' features vocals by sister Esther Watrous.

Alexander Watrous : Piano, keyboard synth, all arrangements

Song sequencing by Al Gomes and Connie Watrous

Recorded at Watrous Brothers Studio, Warren, RI

All songs composed by Alexander Watrous
Watrous Brothers Music (BMI).

Recording Watrous Brothers.

The Recording Academy placed
Alexander Watrous and
'I Can Fix This : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'
on the Official Ballot for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards
in the following categories:

Album of the Year
Alexander Watrous -
'I Can Fix This : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'
Producer / Engineer / Mixer : Alexander Watrous
Mastering Engineers : Tony Ricci and Phil Greene
Art Directors : A. Michelle and Al Gomes
Photographers and Illustrators : Rebecca Fontes,
Alexander Watrous and Juji Watrous
Executive Producer : Connie Watrous
A&R Direction : Al Gomes and A. Michelle

Best New Artist
Alexander Watrous

Best Pop Solo Performance
Alexander Watrous - 'Fix it' and 'Rainy Summer'

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Alexander Watrous -
'I Can Fix This : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Alexander Watrous and Esther Watrous - 'Death Is Not Forever'
Songwriter : Alexander Watrous

Best Short Form Music Video
Alexander Watrous - 'Slipping'
Directors : Alexander Watrous, Elisha Watrous and Ron Sadlier
Producer : Alexander Watrous

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Filmmaker and Composer Alexander Watrous hails from the state of Rhode Island. From a young age, he appreciated listening to music. He loved repetitive noises, beats and patterns. His parents remember the times in the car where he would be kicking the back seat to the music, humming along to the songs. As he grew older, he gained more of an interest in instruments. When it was time to decide whether to play baseball like his older brother or learn the piano, he chose the piano.

Four and a half years of practicing songs and learning the notes didn't do much for his creativity, but did serve as a base for his future in music. It wasn't until a year after he stop taking lessons that he began to write pieces of his own. The music flowed through his fingers. The songs he wrote were from his heart.

These songs he memorized through and through. Each song had its own story, its own background, and mood. The songs helped him get through tough times in his life. In freshman year of high school, he completed his first album of original compositions. It was a group of sixteen songs that had been waiting to be recorded for years.

Being the ambitious young man he was, he brought CDs of his music to school to try and sell to other students. He went on to make a second album the next summer, with more songs he had written that he had not yet recorded. He spent a good whole year after that summer perfecting the sounds that he had to work with to create yet a third album that would sound closer to the way he envisioned.

After trying out for a few bands, he realized quickly that his talents were better suited for cinematic and film purposes. He wanted to use these emotions in a setting that would be appreciated because classical music is less appreciated today.

Just before his last year of high school, he sat down with his older brother, Elisha Watrous, and wrote a script for a movie that they filmed, produced and sold DVDs of at their big world premiere in Pawtucket, RI. The movie featured all tracks and score written by Alexander. He spent three months editing the film, and weeks working on the musical score of the movie. This is where he found that his talents were best put to good use.

Since then they have written, directed and produced dozens of short films including 'I Can Fix This,' and Alexander now sees his future completely immensed in the world of moviemaking.

A few words with Alexander about his music

A one-sentence description of your compositions:
I can only describe my music as a moment in time. Every piece that I write is separate and to its own. Each song is a different emotion or feeling that I have had, expressed through my music. Thoughts of joy or sadness - all depending on my mood. I like to be able to capture a moment and share it with the world. So I find that my music can be easily translated among many kinds of different people.

People who like my music are people who listen to soundtracks and instrumentals. People who let music touch them the most are most likely to be affected by my music. I have had many people come up to me and tell me that they could feel a strong emotion within themselves when listening to me play. It brings me happiness to hear them speak those words.

What makes your music different?
What makes my music different is the style of music I compose. I don't try to be a classical composer, or a singer/pianist. I play from the heart and stay away from being too concerned about the details and techniques, and just let loose and break rules. I find this is where true inspiration comes from.

How and when you started loving making music, why is it important for you to connect with music and film fans, and what do you have to offer them as an artist?
I feel it is important to show other people that it is possible to live your dreams. I started recording and performing all on my own without anyone's help. There was never anyone standing behind me telling me what to do. I have met a lot of talented people along the way, but not everyone has the determination to put themselves out there and fulfill there dreams. I believe that anyone can do anything they set their minds to, regardless of any problem that stands in their way. So I wish to be an example, and hopefully ten years down the road, I will still be doing what I love.

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Filmmaker Alexander Watrous Lands Where Water and Fire Meet
Rhode Island College News

'I think sitting around a fire at night creates a sense of community. It's something human beings have been doing since the beginning of time,' said RIC film major Alexander Watrous.

Last semester, the junior had the good fortune of landing an internship at WaterFire Providence, one of the most popular public art spectacles in the state.

Created by RIC honorary degree recipient Barnaby Evans '00, WaterFire Providence comes alive in the evening with over 80 bonfires lighting up the downtown rivers. The event has lured over 10 million visitors and was cited by the Providence Journal as 'the most popular work of art created in the capital city's 371-year history.' But turning basins into full blaze, adding torch-lit vessels and mesmerizing music and managing massive crowds along the bridges takes a full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers.

Last semester when WaterFire was looking for an intern to produce film and audio, Watrous' advisor, Associate Professor Vincent Bohlinger, suggested he apply. Bohlinger told him that Tim Labonte would be running the internship. Labonte is associate media producer of WaterFire and a former student of Bohlinger's who graduated from RIC in 2007 with a film studies degree.

'Tim actually interviewed a bunch of kids from different colleges and universities,' Watrous said. 'But he wanted someone who had a lot of experience behind the camera.'

At only 20, Watrous has already shot over 80 short films. He has also been a freelance photographer for East Bay News and produced promotional films for a local nonprofit. His kinetic energy is not only physical but audible in the rapid-fire way he speaks.

'My older brother and I started making films in 2010, my senior year in high school. The first one was a post-apocalyptic action flick about kids who are left to fend for themselves after all the adults die from a disease. We shot part of it in a factory in Pawtucket and premiered it there. About 100 people came to see it. Even the Valley Breeze did a write-up on it. It was a cool first project.'

Since then, Watrous and his brother have made two short films a month. They also created a Rhode Island film festival so that other filmmakers could share their work. 'We accepted kids who had been in the film business for a while as well as newbies, he said. 'On average, we premiered half-a-dozen to a dozen entries a month. We charged $2 for tickets, plus we sold candy. I bought additional cameras and lighting equipment from the ticket sales.'

By the time Watrous was hired by WaterFire Providence, he was more than prepared for the long hours of a cameraman. His job included setting up and filming events, learning audio engineering and mixing, filming and editing for WaterFire's promotional needs and creatively capturing the mood of each event.

'Alex was an extremely hard worker,' said Labonte. 'He was by my side at every weekend event from 6 am to 2 am. He was, and still is, one of the best workers I've seen come through WaterFire's doors. I am very thankful to Professor Bohlinger for sending him.'

Watrous said he isn't sure where his camera will take him after RIC. 'I know I want to stay in Rhode Island. I know my strength is the technical side of filmmaking, and I like the idea of a film festival,' he said. 'I admire the way Barnaby took an idea he liked and turned it into something big. Today, other states in the U.S., and even other countries, want their own WaterFire, but Barnaby has it trademarked so you have to work through him. I like the idea of connecting filmmakers with each other and providing a community service. Who knows? Starting a film festival on a large scale might be a nice gig.'

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