4 Mar 2021

Who's in charge of the music?

From Upbeat, 12:30 pm on 4 March 2021
Composer Alison Isadora

Composer Alison Isadora Photo: Supplied

Alison Isadora is a New Zealand-born composer based in the Netherlands. After studying music and political philosophy at Victoria University, she went to The Hague for further violin and composition study, and then in postgraduate Performance Theatre in Amsterdam. Back home, Alison was Mozart Fellow in Dunedin in 2001, and Composer in Residence at the New Zealand School of Music in 2016-17.

Alison’s work is informed by many other disciplines including philosophy and even quantum physics. One of her main artistic concerns is exploring the 'balance of power' between composers, performers and audience members.

Is the age of the all-powerful composer perhaps morphing into the age of the collaborative creator instead?