is a pianist, composer, and scholar of religion and secularism. His group Moyindau's
self-titled album, featuring his compositions and settings of Kazakh poetry, was released this year through the Chicago-based creative music co-op Catalytic Sound
His current project Mânâ
uses music to explore the ideas of French sociologist Emile Durkheim
, particularly concerning the role of music in religion and social life.
Alex is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies at UT-Austin whose research in Turkey has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright.