May 13th, 2022 10:45pm Stage 2
Conversing With Oceans
Conversing with Oceans is a Bronx-based indie rock project fronted by singer-songwriter Alex Bondarev.
Bondarev’s narrative begins in Grozny, formerly of Russia, when the unrest of war led him and his family to immigrate first to India, and then to the Bronx. Having music as his anchor from an early age and as a self-taught musician, he started his first band (A Moment’s Worth) with his best friends from grammar school. Their brand of optimistic rock resonated with audiences as they made front page news of New York Press, won the College Battle of the Bands (alumni include Mike Posner & Local Natives), and received the Elfenworks Social Justice Award for their song “Dedicate.”
Bondarev describes his latest project Conversing with Oceans as an even more authentic version of his voice, combining a devotion to melody with his characteristically introspective lyrical style. CWO's first single led to a one-on-one showcase with Randy Jackson at SXSW and quickly followed with a global distribution deal with Sony's The Orchard. The debut EP "PAST. PRESENT. FUTURE." premiered on Atwood Magazine and featured a collaboration with the Grammy-nominated John Forté, who co-wrote and produced Fugees’ groundbreaking LP The Score.
The debut full-length album with producer-mixing engineer Nate Fox (Chance the Rapper / Francis and the Lights) is available now via The Orchard.
Thomas Nicholas Band
Thomas Nicholas, a long time member of the Screen Actor's Guild and ASCAP, recently joined the Producers Guild of America while producing and acting in his recent film for Lionsgate, Adverse, a Neo-noir suspense/drama It was released to theaters on February 12th, 2021. It features a large ensemble cast that includes Academy Award® Nominee Mickey Rourke, Academy Award® Nominee Sean Astin, Golden Globe® Nominee Lou Diamond Phillips, Golden Globe® Nominee Penelope Ann Miller, Matt Ryan, Andrew Keegan, Luke Edwards, Shelley Regner and more. In 2018, he produced and starred in, Living Among Us, opposite William Saddler and the late Primetime Emmy® Nominee John Heard which was released by Vision Films, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (US) and FOX (Asia).
Thomas began his acting career on Who's the Boss? playing a young Tony Danza. At age 12, Nicholas embarked on a series of feature films that would shape his young adult career, including Rookie of the Year and A Kid in King Arthur's Court. By 18 he had recurring roles on hit TV shows like Party of Five and the role of "Kevin Myers" in the extremely successful American Pie franchise.
Nicholas began to focus on dramatic roles including the Roger Avary-directed, The Rules of Attraction with Faye Dunaway, Jessica Biel and Stealing Sinatra, opposite William H. Macy.
In 2009, he landed other exciting roles as a rookie cop in the drama, Life is Hot in Cracktown with Lara Flynn Boyle. He portrayed Abbie Hoffman in the film entitled, The Chicago 8. And as the role of Eugene in Nicole Holofcener's, Please Give, opposite Rebecca Hall and Catherine Keener, in which he and the cast won the 2011 Indie Spirit Robert Altman Award.
Recent releases include, Walt Before Mickey, where Nicholas portrays a young Walt Disney during the struggles of his early life and career. He was also a series regular on Steven Spielberg's TV drama series entitled, Red Band Society.
Thomas is currently developing a slate of films with his production company.