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Alex Turley : Associate Artist

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Artist website: http://alexturley.com/

Alex Turley is an Australian composer whose work explores the subtleties of musical texture through a fine atmospheric lens. Praised as 'brilliantly accessible' (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and possessing a 'refined sense of texture and atmosphere' (Partial Durations), his music has garnered international recognition in the art music space. Alex works on the unceded land of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people.

Alex's music has been commissioned by the Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, Forest Collective, Intercurrent, Soundstream Collective, Brisbane Music Festival, Argo, Grey Wing Ensemble, Golden Gate Brass, Voyces, Naya Chorale and community groups across five continents. He has collaborated with the likes of Eskimo Joe, Lucy Durack and Anthony Callea and scored theatrical productions at The Blue Room Theatre, Theatre Works St Kilda, kxt bAKEHOUSE and Studio Underground WA.

Alex is the 2022 Cybec Young Composer-in-residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Recent work includes Barra-róddjiba, a cross-cultural collaboration with all-woman rock band Ripple Effect and Kunibidji elders, and new pieces for multi-composer initiatives The ANAM Set and Sydney Symphony's 50 Fanfares. In 2018, Alex held composer-in-residence positions with Melbourne-based chamber outfit Forest Collective and the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia. His orchestral work City of Ghosts was recently featured by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim.

Alex studied Composition and Music Technology at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before completing a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2020, and is an alumnus of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer's School and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Cybec program.

"City of Ghosts" is cinematic in its approach, and Turley has deftly painted a coherent, pictoral sound world that is full of suspense... a brilliant piece of music.

- Jon Ross, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A mix of extreme softness, transparent textures and simmering energy, released finally in a frantic race to the end."

- Rosalind Appleby, Limelight on 'Blue Heat'

"a fleeting moment of beauty to be captured and treasured by our minds."

- My Melbourne Arts on 'Biome'

Alex Turley — current to September 2021

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Zero Sum Game : for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (2021) Commissioned by Omega Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Lungs : for orchestra (2021) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Biome : for mixed chamber ensemble (2018) Commissioned by Forest Collective.
Digital sheet music sample Kusama's Garden (duos: 2 pianos with electronics) (2017) Commissioned by Argo for performance by Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney.
Stars alone : for tenor and piano (2017) Commissioned by Louis Hurley.
Digital sheet music sample Blue Heat : for clarinet, piano and marimba (2017) Written for Ashley William Smith, Louise Devenish and Emily Green-Armytage