Ali Cook is a singer, songwriter, bassist, composer, and arranger. She writes from her own life coloring the stories with the strings of the guitar, upright bass, and violin. Her soulful and crystalline voice has been likened to Norah Jones and Gillian Welch and can be categorized as Americana or Indie-Folk Rock but nothing quite fits as she is influenced by Jazz, R&B, and Classical music as well as many others; each song it's own sound world. Based out of Austin, Texas, she performs original along with timeless classics with 'Wild Geese,' Ryan VandeBrake on Guitar and Daniel Benoit on upright bass.
Before the pandemic Ali performed as a double bassist with the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony. Ali is a professional orchestral, operatic, and chamber double bassist who has performed and toured internationally. She also plays, sings, and arranges for QuinTango; a Virginia-based, chamber tango ensemble. Her career has taken her on tour to Russia and Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Germany, Turkey, Spain, and Austria with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Ali is an Interlochen Arts Camp Alumni as well as a former Tanglewood fellow.
She has since moved to Austin, Texas to continue singing and songwriting as the founder of Ali and the Wild Geese. Ali's first album is ready to record and preparations are underway and you can hear her songs on YouTube or at her live shows. Ali also plays with Austin americana band, The Way Down who shares her love for harmonies and stories.
Ali is passionate about and continues to perform with QuinTango. Dubbed by the Washington Post as, “One of Washington’s finest instrumental ensembles.” Their classical chops, jazz harmonies, and intimate arrangements are written for the group by outstanding composers in Buenos Aires as well as our own musicians. ‘Chamber tango’ is the result of this musical alchemy, a middle ground that draws in lovers of both classical and non-classical music to experience the fullness of life—the stories, the culture, and the exhilaration of tango. QuinTango tours nationally and internationally as artistic diplomats passionate about tango and community.
The Album is ready to record! It was a long journey to get to feeling like we can start recording and I have 13 songs including 2 instrumental pieces that are receiving their final touches. If you feel moved to help fund it, use the button above.
Listen to Ali's Interview on Jason Heath's Double Bass Podcast-
Episode 869: Ali Cook on moving to Austin and high-level subbing
Listen to QuinTango's Interview on Interlochen Public Radio-
Ali and the Wild Geese was featured in an Austin City Parks Foundation promo - check it out
Ali is working on a podcast about the modern musical journey which will explore songwriting, the orchestral world, and ways that musicians have used their classical training in unique ways... so stay tuned!