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Working on Perfection, the ALMOST perfect Alyn Syms performs one night in East Aurora

By Teresa Reile

Inspired by the Beatles and the thought of girls fawning over him, a young Alyn Syms set out on a musical journey which has lead him through all sorts of twists and turns including opening for major acts, selling out to packed venues, and of course, having girls fawn over him.

He quickly realized that his goals were higher than that.  Much Higher.  He wanted to lift the world with his music.

He wanted every person who heard his music to be transformed.

He wanted to heal people. He wanted to change them.

He does that.

His music transforms the listener to another place.  An indefinable place, but a place they want to be.


This is what Alyn wants when he plays.


This is what he strives for.

This is the quest that he has been on his whole life.


As many of you may know, Alyn was a staple in Rick James ‘Stone City Band’, made good money and had a lot of fun, but driven by an impetus to reach ever higher, he left the funk scene and started his own band called the Alyn Syms Group, better known as ASG.  With the help of music promoter, Bruce Moser of Could Be Wild Productions, Alyn set out on a quest of the unattainable absolute of perfection.

In the words of the late Hunter S. Thompson, ” The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side. ”

Syms lived that.

He had to wend his way through the dungeons of mediocrity, the labyrinth of ordinariness and the graveyards of indifference to emerge on the steps of the Castle of the Ideal.

He has since climbed those steps, yet has one more to go…that unattainable step of perfection.

Ever the critic of himself, he keeps striving to be better.

It is this quality that makes him humble.

It is this quality that makes him great.

It is this quality that makes him keep going.

It is this quality that keeps people coming back for more.

He speaks of a time when three time Grammy Award Winner Joanne Falletta, sent him a letter after hearing his music in which she stated,  “…absolutely beautiful and totally captivating. Music of great imagination and color, brilliantly performed by Alyn Syms.” . 

That was the highlight of his life.  He keeps that letter as a testament, not to his having reached his goal, but to the fact that he still has a long way to go.

He says, “The first sign of a novice is that they think they know everything. The first sign of a master is that they will readily admit they know nothing.” 

He admits he knows nothing.

We KNOW he is a master.

HE knows he is still on a journey.

He feels he hasn’t reached perfection yet.  Perhaps in his mind, he never will.  But, those that hear him perform, will tell you a different tale.

To them, Alyn is a master.  To them, he IS perfection.

Perhaps this one night, in East Aurora he will reach Perfection.

Come and see.

The Aurora Theatre 673 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052

March 12, 2019

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Concert starts at 7:30 pm

Tickets may be purchased on-line at or at The Aurora Theatre box office.

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