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Alison Isadora

Composer, Performer

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Born: 1962

Biography

Born and bred in Aotearoa/New Zealand Alison Isadora (1962) studied political philosophy and music at the Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), before moving to the Netherlands in 1986 primarily to study violin (with Vera Beths) and thereafter composition (Gilius van Bergeijk and Theo Loevendie) at The Hague Conservatorium (1994, with distinction) and post-graduate performance theater at DasArts in Amsterdam.

She has been a performing composer or a composing performer within numerous Dutch groups including Hex, Gending, Nieuw Ensemble, the Maarten Altena Ensemble and the multi-medi duo SYNC. Her works have been performed by diverse ensembles in the Pacific, Europe and North America including Ensemble Klang, David Kweksilber Big Band, Matangi Strijkkwartet, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Array Ensemble (Canada) and STROMA Ensemble (NZ). As well as composing for music ensembles, Isadora also creates music-theatre performances, audio walks and installations.

In the last years she has become increasingly interested in the possibilities of connecting music to other disciplines. Isadora’s works often incorporate elements of story-telling and participation while addressing social issues.

In her capacity as music educator Isadora has explored elements of sound and composition with dance, choreography and theatre students at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (NL).

In 2016-2017 Isadora is the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.


Composed (21)

6 and a half hours

for ensemble with electronics and video


ALT

for string quartet


Cornish Pasty

for mixed chamber sextet, 13m


EN/OF II

for soprano and chamber ensemble, 11m


For Wiek

for electric guitar (with e-bow and octiviser), 8m


Germ

for violin and piano, 13m


Letter to Liz

for voice and cello (one player), 7m


Nachtvlinders Part 3

for chamber ensemble, 14m


Nachtvlinders Part 6

for chamber ensemble, 8m


Namaste

for string quartet, 8m


Playtime

for violin and hi-hat


Point of Departure

for string quartet with foot percussion


Songs of Remembering #1

for soprano and violin, 9m


Strike and Hold

for piano doubling percussion (glockenspiel, pedal bass drum), 5m


Sun Dance-A Summoning

for violin, 7m


That one man (shall not)

for throat singer, harp and electric guitar with effects


The [Mis]Adventures of Amy Bock

for female voice and piano, 8m


The Little Baby Jesus and the Bee

for mezzo-soprano and octet, 8m


WISSEL

for violin, bass guitar, and visuals



Recordings (1)


Performances (3)

Music From Her

Our Music From Her festival, held in mid-October, will celebrate, support and encourage diverse v...


Stroma - VOX FEM

A concert of dynamic and diverse new works by women from New Zealand and Australia, celebrating 1...


Suffrage Songs Recomposed

Featuring nine female composers, this concert will see a collection of New Zealand women’s suffra...