Composer and sonic artist Alexandra Hay studied at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, and the Freie Universität in Berlin under a DAAD scholarship. Her work has been performed in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the USA by ensembles including Stroma, Duo Stump-Linshalm, Chronology Arts and The Song Company; and in festivals Asia Pacific 2007, Nuovi Spazi Musicali (Italy) 2008, and in the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days. Alexandra was the recipient of the 2008 NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Award and the 2011 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer Residency. She lives in San Francisco, and is a doctoral student and Fulbright Fellow studying with Mark Applebaum and Brian Ferneyhough at Stanford University.
White Rain was written for flutist Monique Hay and electronics. It won the 2006 Victoria University Composers Competition. Alexandra says: "Silver is the best reflector of visible light known. When raw silver is heated to 2162ºc it becomes a brilliant boiling white liquid. A compound of the same metal (silver iodide) is used to seed clouds to produce rain."
Monique Hay (flute), Alexandra Hay (electronics). Recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert, 15 September 2006.