Patricia Alessandrini is a composer and sound artist creating multimedia and interactive work which actively engages with the concert music repertoire, and notions of representation, interpretation, perception and memory, often in the context of social and political issues. These works are often theatrical and collaborative, involving elements such as live electronics, resonating and animated objects, physical computing, and interactive video in staged or installation situations.
She was previously an instructor of alto perfezionamento of Computer-Assisted Composition at the Scuola superiore of the Accademia Musicale Pescarese and a Lecturer in Composition with Technology at Bangor University.
Areas of supervision
Composition, Sonic Arts, Performance with electronics (Masters and PhD)
PhD in Sonic Arts, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University, Belfast (Performative electronics)
PhD in Music Composition, Princeton University (Computer-assisted composition and analysis)
Masters in Music Composition, Princeton University
Diploma in Composition, Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg
Cursus I + II, IRCAM
Invited Artist, Estalagem Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics, 2016-8
Sound and Music Embedded Composer with Red Note Ensemble for the Parlour Sounds project, in collaboration with the Conservatoire de Paris and the Edinburgh International Science Festival, 2016-7
Resident artist at the Gaîté lyrique with the Ensemble InterContemporain for the Sound Kitchen series, 2015-6
Waverly Studios, NYC, 2015
EMS Elektronmusikstudion (Stockholm), 2012
ICELab composer-in-residency with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC, 2010-11
Soundscape Festival (Italy) 2010
Array, yearly publication of the International Computer Music Association, co-editor with Shelly Watts, October 2017
‘A Spectral Methodology of the Virtual and Physical’, Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music, Ed. Bryan .Christian, Oxford University Press, 2017
‘Resisting reproduction in the digital age’, Nutida Musik, December 2016
‘A Dress or a Straightjacket? Facing the Questions of Structure and Rhythm Posed by the Notation and Re-notation of Berios Sequenza VII for Oboe’, in Berios Sequenzas, Janet K. Halfyard, ed., Ashgate, 2007
Selected presentation of works
Nov 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Première for ensemble and electronics, Ensemble Explore
Nov 2016 Sound Aberdeen Festival, première for voice, flute and electronics with Juliet Fraser and Richard Craig
Oct 2016 Donaueschingen Musiktage, première for Ensemble Recherche with live electronics
Sept 2016 Gaudeamus, performance of Hommage à Purcell by Oerknal! with live electronics
May 2015 Salzburg Biennale, performance of Nachtgewächse for ensemble and electronics, students of the Mozarteum conducted by Marino Formenti
Apr 2015 Sonorities Festival performance by les Dyonisiens of Trio d’après Schoenberg
Mar 2015 Kontraklang performance by Seth Josel of menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis
Nov 2015 UK tour by Ensemble Interface of Alphabet de ténèbres for ensemble and electronics
Mar. 2014 Electric Spring Festival, Huddersfield, UK, performance of Bodied Chambers for cello and electronics by Seth Woods
Mar. 2014 INTER/actions, Bangor, Wales, performance of Bodied Chambers by Seth Woods
Nov. 2013 Rainy Days Festival, Festival de musique nouvelle contemporaine, Philharmonie Luxembourg, 2013 edition 2013 with the theme ’Take your time’, presentation of the installation Adagio sans quatuor
Aug. 2013 Hakuju Music Festival, Tokyo, performance of menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis for guitar and electronics by Gaku Yamada, guitar, Sumihisa Arima, electronics
Aug. 2013 Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference/SMC Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013, Stockholm, diffusion of Nani series (series of three acousmatic compositions)
May 2013 San Francisco International Arts Festival, ’One Must Believe in Ones Inspiration’, performance by the Earplay Ensemble of Trio d’après Schoenberg for ensemble and live electronics on the same concert as the String Trio, Op 45 of Schoenberg, Oberlin Dance Collective Theater
March 2013 Ars Musica Festival (Brussels), première of a new version of menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis for guitar and electric guitar by Jona Kesteleyn, guitar, Patricia Alessandrini, electronics
Aug. 2012 Mostly Mozart (Lincoln Center, NYC), première of Black, black, black (Omaggio a Berio) by the International Contemporary Ensemble with Nicholas Hodges, piano
July 2012 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, première of Forklaret Nat by the Arditti Quartet (opening piece of the festival)
July 2011 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Huddersfield, presentation of the installation Adagio sans quatuor
May. 2011 Spor Festival (Aarhus, Denmark), première of Mismoded for ensemble with live electronics and interactive video by Ensemble Voz Nueva, in collaboration with visual artist Hans Ovad
Nov. 2010 Sonorities (Belfast), Adagio pour l’absence, network performance with live electronics with interactive video ’game’ by Rob King (performed simultaneously in Graz, Austria)
June 2010 SoundSCAPE (Italy), portrait concert featuring works with live electronics
April 2009 Festival de la imagen (Manizales, Colombia), performance of menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis for guitar and electronics by cARRASCo+zEa=gUITAr+electronics
April 2009 Festival en tiempo real (Bogotá, Colombia), performance of menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis for guitar and electronics by cARRASCo+zEa=gUITAr+electronics
March 2009 SARC in Brazil, performances of menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis for guitar and electronics in São Paulo, Rio de janeiro, and Curitiba by Mauricio Carrasco, guitar, Patricia Alessandrini, electronics
June 2007 Festival Musiques Démesurées, performance of two works with live electronics, including Soliloque for cello and electronics, premièred by Séverine Ballon
July 2006 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Nadie Encendìa las Làmparas
June 2006 Festival Uno Uno Prima (Parma), portrait concert of chamber works with electronics
Jan 2004 Festival Premiers Gestes (Paris), première of complete Études for piano by Hans Kretz
Sept 2003 Festival Musica Strasbourg, performance of Étude 1bis d’après Scarlatti
Sept 2002 Festival Musica Strasbourg, performanceof Wie bin ich froh!, Ensemble Accroche Note
Sept 2000 Pacific New Music Festival, performance of Shiva for ensemble
Recent collaborative projects:
Mondgewächse multimedia inclusive music project realised with Share Music, Sweden for In:fluence and Gageego! Ensemble, 2013, with interactive video realised by Dr Freida Abtan
The Yellow Ones Are Mine, music and sound design for a short film by Shen Yi Elsie, 2013
As in other examples of Shen Yi Elsie’s work, this video engages with themes of work and alienation under hypercapitalism.
Gurre-Klänge, performance in four scenes for soprano, singing flutist, ensemble of twelve musicians, and resonating objects, with interactive video projection by Ross Karre and live electronics, 2012 (more info here).
Adagio pour l’absence, network performance for three musicians in two or more sites and two to ten ‘players’ controlling the interactive video via iPod touch/iPhone/iPad, with live-generated score, realised in collaboration with Rob King, 2011
This is a collaborative work bringing together the physically-modelled interactive underwater world of Rob King’s Tentacles for Adagio with my own displacement of works from the repertoire.
Conversations with changes, music and sound design for a short animated film by Shirin Abu Shaqra, in collaboration with Justin Yang and Franziska Schroeder, saxophones, 2010
An animated work dealing with urban spaces, reconstruction, and memory (Youtube clip here).
They think therefore I am, music and sound design for a short film by Rukiye Sahin, 2010
In Sahin’s words, ‘this is a personal response to the ‘headscarf debate’ in Turkey, which tries to imagine a possibility that doesn’t yet exist: a situation in which women can decide for ourselves.’
Adagio sans quatuor, sound installation featuring instruments and objects which ‘play themselves’ through electronic excitation and the use of physical modelling; the sound produced by the objects is altered by their own movements; in collaboration with Paul Stapleton, who designed two of the instruments, 2010 (more info here).
For large ensemble, interactive video and electronics
Alessandrini, Patricia. 2012. For large ensemble, interactive video and electronics.
Work for Voz Nueva with live electronics and interactive video
Alessandrini, Patricia. 2011. Work for Voz Nueva with live electronics and interactive video.
Installation for the Festival Agora at the centquatre
Alessandrini, Patricia. 2010. Installation for the Festival Agora at the centquatre.
Dynamic Physical Modelling Synthesis Piloted by Instruments and Voices
Alessandrini, Patricia. 2008. Dynamic Physical Modelling Synthesis Piloted by Instruments and Voices.
Work for cellist Séverine Ballon with live electronics
Alessandrini, Patricia. 2007. Work for cellist Séverine Ballon with live electronics.
Resisting reproduction in the digital age: notes on a sonic arts practice
Alessandrini, Patricia. 2016. Resisting reproduction in the digital age: notes on a sonic arts practice. Nutida Musik,