Alastair White is a Scottish New Zealand composer and writer born in Dunedin. Described as “spellbinding” (Boulezian), “beautiful” (730 Review), “virtuosic” (Winnipeg Free Press), "deftly manic" (American Record Guide) and "passionately atonal" (Gramophone), his work is characterised by a lyrical complexity which draws influence from technology, science, politics and materialist philosophy.
Recent projects include the Fashion-Operas WEAR, ROBE (to be released by Métier Records February 2021) and WOAD; a string quartet for the Altius Quartet’s album Quadrants Vol. 3 (out now on Navona Records); the documentary opera A Boat in an Endless Blue Sea; and WORK: movement through a series of arbitrary partitions for .abeceda ensemble. Shortlisted for a Scottish Award for New Music twice (in 2019 and 2020) and a Creative Edinburgh Award (2019), Alastair has created work for the opera festivals Tête-a-Tête and Opera in the City, the international poetry festival STanza, UKNA City Takeover, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and The Scottish Poetry Library. His music has been supported by Help Musicians UK, the Hinrichsen Foundation, the Goldsmiths Graduate Fund and Music Research Committee.
Alastair is currently undertaking a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London with Roger Redgate and Lauren Redhead, where he organised the interdisciplinary conference on New Materialism Futures of the Real. He publishes and speaks internationally on his research interests in music and politics.