Alexei Casselle (Music 1999) Speaks to Students During Common Experience
April 14, 2022
On Monday, April 11, Alexei Moon Casselle, a.k.a Crescent Moon, (Music 1999) spoke to students during Common Ex. Common Ex is a series of presentations where students hear about the artistic life from practicing artists, many of whom are Perpich graduates. As a musician, Casselle has toured North America and Western Europe extensively and played hundreds of concerts as a frontman/lead vocalist, as well as a backing vocalist, for revered hip-hop acts Eyedea & Abilities and Atmosphere. Casselle has recorded and released over twenty albums with various hip-hop groups, as well as with folk/Americana band Roma di Luna that he co-led as a singer/songwriter with Channy Leaneagh (POLIÇA). Some of his current projects include Kill The Vultures, Mixed Blood Majority, and a band with his 13-year-old daughter called DoubleDragon.
As he told students about his artistic journey, he offered three pieces of advice:
- Collaborate – Find your people, make cool things. There is strength in numbers.
- Take artistic risks. Growth requires discomfort. Say “yes” to “maybe” opportunities.
- Hone your craft. Find your muse. Create routines and rituals.
Casselle is also an educator, having taught English at the FAIR Downtown School, and currently at Battle Creek Middle School in East St. Paul.