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Alexander Michael Tahquitz
Tahquitz
Ebert (born May 12, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter and composer. He is best known for being the lead singer and songwriter for the American bands Ima Robot and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. On January 12, 2014, Ebert won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
for his musical score to the film All Is Lost (2013).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Ima Robot 2.2 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 2.3 Solo career 2.4 Movie Soundtracking 2.5 Television Soundtracking

3 Discography 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Ebert was born in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1978, the son of a psychotherapist, Michael Ebert, and actress Lisa Richards. His father would often take the family on long car trips through the desert. On one such trip, his mother shot footage of his father chanting in the desert, cradling Alex's baby sister Gabi, which would one day become a part of the video for the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
song "Desert Song".[1] His grandfather Carl Ebert
Carl Ebert
had been Intendant of Deutsche Oper, Berlin; he also was a famous actor trained by Max Reinhardt. His full birth name is Alexander Michael Tahquitz
Tahquitz
Ebert. His father took one of his son's names, Tahquitz, from his favorite climbing rock. Alex later on discovered that the name means "demon" in a Native American language.[2] As a teenager, he had a difficult and tumultuous relationship with his father. His father influenced young Alexander by playing music by artists like Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. He also cites 60s R&B, Pavarotti, and Beethoven
Beethoven
as influences, as well as his elementary school teacher, a woman from South Africa
South Africa
named Ruth. Alexander enjoyed listening to hip-hop as a teenager, and originally intended to be a rapper.[3] Following a school project on Marlon Brando, Ebert developed an affection for film and cinematic studies. His mother supported his budding passion and Ebert consequently was enrolled in extracurricular filmmaking classes. Ebert attended Oakwood School for high school, and then Emerson College
Emerson College
for a time before dropping out.[4] After dropping out, Ebert directed a short film and wrote several screenplays. He attributes the revival of his interest in professional music to his childhood friends and excessive drug usage during that period of his life.[5] Career[edit] Ima Robot[edit] Further information: Ima Robot After Ebert's band The Lucky 13's broke up, Ima Robot was formed in 1997 and it became successful in the early 2000s, signing with Virgin Records. Their first full-length album released on September 6, 2003, was self-titled Ima Robot, and featured the singles "Dynomite" and "Song #1". On September 12, 2006, Ima Robot released their second album Monument to the Masses
Monument to the Masses
which featured the singles "Creeps Me Out" and "Lovers in Captivity". In April 2007, the band won their independence from Virgin Records
Virgin Records
and continued to work unsigned under the management of Alexis Rivera of Echo Park Records. The song "Gangster" premiered on the band's MySpace
MySpace
on April 15, 2008, with its lyrics posted in a blog entry by the band. In 2010 the band announced the upcoming release of their new album, Another Man's Treasure, and released the song "Ruthless" on the Internet. They are now being represented by the Werewolf Heart label.[6] Ebert was quoted as saying that "most of the songs were recorded between two and four years ago", but that he looks forward to making music with Tim Anderson and Filip Nikolic again.[7] Ebert expressed frustration with the corporate limitations on the band, saying he "pretty unironically ended up feeling like a robot by the end of the process because of the major label thing."[8] Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros[edit]

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
with Jade Castrinos at Bonnaroo

Further information: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros After years of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
party lifestyle and subsequent drug addiction, Ebert broke up with his then-girlfriend, moved out of his house, and spent some time in rehab.[citation needed] During this time, he developed Edward Sharpe, his alter ego. "I don't want to put too much weight on it, because in some ways it's just a name that I came up with. But I guess if I look deeper, I do feel like I had lost my identity in general. I really didn't know what was going on or who I was anymore. Adopting another name helped me open up an avenue to get back."[9] Ebert developed Sharpe into a messianic figure, saying "He was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." Though the band would eventually grow into an ensemble of - at various points - even more than 10 people, Ebert began initial writing and recording completely alone, doing "the horn lines with my mouth or a kazoo on the demos" and "all the background vocals layering [him]self, pretending that there were people there."[8] The band began to take shape with the addition of singer Jade Castrinos, whom he saw sitting on an outdoor bench and immediately knew he needed to have a relationship with. Their resultant affair formed the seeds of what would become Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.[1] They started writing music together, and became a part of the art and music collective The Masses, which was partially started by some seed money from actor Heath Ledger.[10] While their relationship did not last, the group took off in a big way, and their group soon swelled to more than 10 members, some of whom had been Alex's friends since he was young. By summer 2009, they were touring the country. Their first album, Up from Below, was released in July 2009. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
on May 10, 2012 promoting their next album entitled Here, which was released on May 29, 2012. Their third full-length album, self-titled Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, was released on July 23, 2013. They again appeared on the Late Show to promote the album, performing the track "Life Is Hard". On most recent album, PersonA, Ebert tried to evolve, stating, "In a lot of ways this album does things that are missing." He went on to discuss why the name Edward Sharpe is crossed out on the cover, saying, "There was no character to begin with, so why not kill him? He never really was there. If anything, and at most, Edward Sharpe was a vehicle for me to get to slough off whatever I had become up until that point, and to get back to or sort of allow my pure self to come forth into sort of a clean slate."[8] Solo career[edit] In 2011, Alex released his first solo album, Alexander. He appeared on Conan on September 12, 2011 to promote his solo album. On August 4, 2015, it was announced that Alex would appear as the lead singer on Avicii's upcoming single "For a Better Day" from his album Stories.[11] "FEEL THE BERN" was added to Ebert's Soundcloud[12] on September 30, 2015. The anthem celebrates the movement surrounding Bernie Sanders and compels people to "Feel the Bern", which is the slogan of Bernie's presidential campaign. Movie Soundtracking[edit]

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
performing with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California
California
on November 3, 2009.

Alexander's song "Bad Bad Love" was the opening song for the 2011 remake of Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
and Anton Yelchin. Ebert also scored J. C. Chandor's film, All Is Lost starring Robert Redford[13] for which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. Ebert's song "Truth" is featured in the credits of the Oscar-winner short live-action film Curfew. Ebert also contributed the score to the Oscar-winning Disney animated short film "Feast," which screened in theatres before Big Hero 6. He reunited with Chandor to score the latter's 2014 film A Most Violent Year. Ebert's song "Home" with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
is featured in the film "Stuck in Love". Television Soundtracking[edit] Alexander's song "Truth" is featured in the final scene of the 4th season, 1st episode of Breaking Bad. (AMC, 2011). "Man on Fire" is also featured in series 8 of The Deadliest Catch (Episode - "Landlocked") "Remember our Heart" is briefly featured in a scene from season 2 of HBO's How to Make it in America (Episode - "Mofongo") "40 Day Dream" is featured on the 6th episode of season 3 of Chuck. "A Million Years" is featured on Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner, the 21st episode of season 4 of Chuck.[14] "Home" has been featured on the shows Modern Family, Suburgatory, Raising Hope, Community, Marry Me and Glee (Season 6). "Green Back Boogie" by Alex's Ima Robot group is the theme song for Suits. Discography[edit]

With Ima Robot

Ima Robot (2003) Monument to the Masses
Monument to the Masses
(2006) Another Man's Treasure (2010)

With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Here Comes EP
Here Comes EP
(2009) Up from Below
Up from Below
(2009) Here (2012) Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
(2013) PersonA
PersonA
(2016)

Solo

Alexander (2011)

Personal life[edit] Ebert is a supporter of Bernie Sanders, saying "[There’s] the idea that you’re not going to support someone if you’re at all famous because somehow your fame is on the line or your name is on the line. [But] if Bernie fails that’s nothing to me, you know what I mean? It’s nothing to me and it’s going to be nothing to him. You think he’s gonna change ‘cause he fails, or he’s gonna stop doing what he’s doing because he fails? Or change what he’s doing ‘cause he succeeds? I damn sure hope not."[8] References[edit]

^ a b "The Watch Newspapers - Dynamic Charismatic and Determined to Set the Soul Free". Telluridewatch.com. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-08-23.  ^ Warren, Katherine (June 18, 2010). "'Barefoot on a summer night'". Telluride Daily Planet. Retrieved December 5, 2014.  ^ Advertise on MotherJones.com (2010-01-04). "Music Monday: 15 Minutes With Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
(aka Edward Sharpe)". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.  ^ https://www.facebook.com/alexander.ebert.73/about ^ "Face Culture Interview With Alex Ebert". Retrieved Feb 18, 2011.  ^ "Ruthless - From the upcoming album Another Man's Treasure". Ima Robot. Retrieved 2010-08-23.  ^ kevin (2010-06-24). "Video: Ima Robot, 'Ruthless' —". Buzzbands.la. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.  ^ a b c d "Edward Sharpe Is Dead: Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
on The Magnetic Zeros' Pursuit of Failure, Identity, and Unrealism — TRANSVERSO". Transversomedia.com. 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-05-12.  ^ McDonald, Scott (2009-11-06). "Edward Sharpe, aka Alex Ebert, finds himself with The Magnetic Zeros". Sdnn.com. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.  ^ Randall Roberts (2008-07-10). "Heath Ledger's Final Days Among the Masses - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.  ^ "Ultimate Music Avicii
Avicii
"Pure Grinding / For a Better Day" (Video Premiere)". Josepvinaixa.com. 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2016-05-12.  ^ "FEEL THE BERN" on Alex's Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/alexanderebert/the-bern ^ "Edward Sharpe's Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
to score J.C. Chandor pic". http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118062496/?refCatId=16/ ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2011-04-18). "Review: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Wedding Planner': Father of the bride". HitFix. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 

External links[edit]

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
on IMDb Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
official website Ima Robot official website Alexander Ebert official website

v t e

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Alex Ebert Jade Castrinos Nico Aglietti Christian Letts Stewart Cole Aaron Embry Aaron Older Josh Collazo Orpheo McCord Nora Kirkpatrick

Studio albums

Up from Below Here Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros PersonA

EPs

Here Comes EP

Singles

"40 Day Dream"/"Geez Louise" "Carries On"/"Mexico" "Simplest Love"/"Home" (demo) "Memory of a Free Festival" "Chickens in Love" "That's What's Up" "One Love to Another" "Man on Fire"

v t e

Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score

1940s

Life with Father – Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1947) The Red Shoes – Brian Easdale (1948) The Inspector General – Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1949)

1950s

Sunset Boulevard – Franz Waxman (1950) September Affair
September Affair
Victor Young
Victor Young
(1951) High Noon
High Noon
Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1952) On the Beach – Ernest Gold (1959)

1960s

The Alamo – Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1960) The Guns of Navarone – Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1961) To Kill a Mockingbird – Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
(1962) (1963) The Fall of the Roman Empire – Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1964) Doctor Zhivago – Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1965) Hawaii – Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
(1966) Camelot – Frederick Loewe (1967) The Shoes of the Fisherman Alex North (1968) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
(1969)

1970s

Love Story – Francis Lai (1970) Shaft – Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes
(1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
Nino Rota
Nino Rota
(1972) Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
(1973) The Little Prince – Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe (1974) Jaws – John Williams
John Williams
(1975) A Star is Born – Kenneth Ascher, Paul Williams (1976) Star Wars – John Williams
John Williams
(1977) Midnight Express – Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1978) Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
– Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1979)

1980s

The Stunt Man
The Stunt Man
Dominic Frontiere (1980) (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
John Williams
John Williams
(1982) Flashdance
Flashdance
Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1983) A Passage to India – Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1984) Out of Africa – John Barry (1985) The Mission – Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
– David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cong Su (1987) Gorillas in the Mist
Gorillas in the Mist
Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1988) The Little Mermaid – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1989)

1990s

The Sheltering Sky – Richard Horowitz, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto
(1990) Beauty and the Beast – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Aladdin – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) Heaven & Earth – Kitarō
Kitarō
(1993) The Lion King
The Lion King
Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) A Walk in the Clouds
A Walk in the Clouds
Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1995) The English Patient – Gabriel Yared (1996) Titanic – James Horner
James Horner
(1997) The Truman Show – Burkhard Dallwitz, Philip Glass
Philip Glass
(1998) 1900 – Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(1999)

2000s

Gladiator – Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(2000) Moulin Rouge! – Craig Armstrong (2001) Frida
Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) The Aviator – Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2004) Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
John Williams
(2005) The Painted Veil – Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2006) Atonement – Dario Marianelli (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Up – Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino
(2009)

2010s

The Social Network
The Social Network
– Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Life of Pi – Mychael Danna (2012) All Is Lost Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
(2013) The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jóhann Jóhannsson
(2014) The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
- Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2017)

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