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 was the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.
for ensemble with electronics and video
for string quartet
for mixed chamber sextet, 13m
for soprano and chamber ensemble, 11m
for electric guitar (with e-bow and octiviser), 8m
for violin and piano, 13m
for voice and cello (one player), 7m
for chamber ensemble, 14m
for chamber ensemble, 8m
for string quartet, 8m
for violin and hi-hat
for string quartet with foot percussion
for soprano and violin, 9m
for soprano, saxophone, violin, harp, piano and audience, 15m
for piano doubling percussion (glockenspiel, pedal bass drum), 5m
for violin, 7m
for throat singer, harp and electric guitar with effects
for female voice and piano, 8m
for mezzo-soprano and octet, 8m
for violin, bass guitar, and visuals
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