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Aliona Yurtsevich

Born in Belarus, Aliona Yurtsevich comes from severaI creative backgrounds.
Trained as classical pianist in the past she holds Bachelor degree in classical piano and pedagogy (1993/Minsk, Belarus). During 1993-2006 she lived in New York (US) where her creative career shifted towards experimental art and design. Since 2006, Aliona is currently residing and working in Holland. She received Master of Music in Composition (2009/NL) and Master of Arts, Composition in Context (2007/NL) from Utrecht School of Arts, Media & Technology, where she studied composition with Barbara Woof, Marcel Wierkx, and Yannis Kyriakides. During her study she participated in composer residencies and workshops with David Lang (US), David Dramm (NL), in Perfromer '09 at Walter Maas Huis (Bilthoven, NL).
In the past three years of her composing career she composed works for small orchestra, ensembles and solo instruments, as well as music for art-film, installations and dance. Her work was performed at severaI well known venues in Netherlands, Europe and USA: Theater Kikker/Utrecht, "Luister Salon '08-09" at BimHUis/Amsterdam and Korzo Theater /Den Haag, TrytoneFestival Zaal 100/Amsterdam, WEALR festival of electro-acoustic music, San Francisco/US; WAYWARD electro-acoustic flute music festival, Seattle/US, festival Incontemporanea, Ovada (Alexandria)/Italy, International Dance FestivaI/Budapest, Hungary. Her works for solo instruments and ensembles with electronics were performed by ensemble INSOMNIO (NL), gamelan ensemble Gending (NL), flutist Clifford Dunn (US), recorder player Miako Klein (DE), recorder trio _aXolot_ (NL), ensemble MDI (IT). SeveraI pieces for small chamber ensembles with electronics were written and performed at NikolaiKerk/Utrecht during the electro-acoustic music series (2007-09).
Her recent chamber work VIAGGIO INTERIORE [Awakening of Alice] for chamber ensemble and electronic tape received 2nd prize at MINIMUSICDRAMA'2009 (ISCM/SIMC) in Ovada/IT.
As a composer she's developing her own unique style, exploring traditional abilities of acoustic instruments with the main emphasis on the theatrical aspect of the performance, live electron ics, sound spatialization and the sound itself. Coming from severaI creative backgrounds in the past, her work leans towards experimental multimedia sound-theater with the main emphasis on theatricality of the sound and visual (aesthetic) aspect of the performance. Where any additional media chosen to be used are genetically embedded in the score from the start of the creation of the work.
http://ay-tones.hku.nl/

List of works

Ensemble & solo / NL, 2006-08
T R E E / study - Suite / for recorder trio and 6 channel electronics / commissioned by trio AXOLOT/NL, 2010
"Letters in Alphabetic Order. Sketch-II" / for ensemble INSOMNIO and live electronics , NL / 15 min / (work in progress)
"VIAGGIO INTERIORE [Awakening of Alice]" 1 for harp, soprano, 3 recorders, percussion and 8 channel electronics 1 13min 1 2009, NL
"EQUANIMIlY OF OLD" / for mechanical organ and two players / 16 min / 2008, NL
commissioned by Michaelkerk, Schalkwijk, NL
"DIFFERENT EQUATION(S)" 1 for prepared piano, trumpet, harpsichord, oboe, 2 harps, 8 channel live electronics / 8 min / 2008, NL
"GONGON" / for amplified gong and gamelan orchestra, 8 players, ens. "Gending" / 7.5 min / 2007
"DREAMING UNDER THE CHURCH BELL" / for piano, carillon and 8 channellive electronics / 15 min 1 2007
"IN MOVEMENT" / for string quartet, piano, prepared piano, percussion, electric guitar / 10 min / 2006
T R E E / studies: acoustic and electro-acoustic pieces for various instruments

/ 2009
TREE / study – VII / for recorder trio 'AXOLOT' and 6 channel live electronics / NL, 2010
TREE / study – VIII / for recorder trio 'AXOLOT', 3 voices and 6 channel audio / NL, 2010
TREE / study / for Royal Improvisers Orchestra (RIO) of Den Haag / NL, 2009

/ 2006 - 08
TREE / study – I / audio-visual composition for electronic tape and 6 channel audio / NL, 2006
TREE / study – II / audio-visual composition for video and 6 channel speaker system / NL, 2007
TREE / study – III
/ for solo flute and 6 channel live electronics / NL, 2007
TREE / study – III / for solo recorder and 6 channel live electronics / NL, 2008
TREE / study – IV / for solo contrabass (improvisation on graphic score) / NL, 2007
TREE / study – V / for 2 female voices and live electronics / NL, 2007
TREE / study – VI / for piano, cello and percussion / NL, 2007

Piano works
“Music for Piano, Kalimba and Voice”
/ series of 7 pieces / 40 min / US/NL, 2008
(piano and voice: Aliona Yurtsevich, recorded live at ACA, Florida, US)
“Walking with John” / for prepared piano / 9.5 min / NL, 2007
“Fantasia for four” / for 2 pianos / 5 min / NL, 2007
“Quarter to Half” / for two sampled pianos / 8 min / NL, 2007
“Kelder-5” / for prepared piano / 7 min / NL, 2006
“Prepared piano improvisations” / series of 5 pieces / recorded live by: Aliona Yurtsevich / Minsk, Belarus / 2006

Electronic compositions:
TREE / study – I / for 6 channel speaker system / 4.5 min / NL, 2007
“Sustain” / electro-acoustic composition / 6.50 min / NL, 2006

Music theater / Dance:
“Three Little Pieces for Body & Voice” / for signing dancers and large graphic score / (work in progress) / NL, 2009
“...in the stillness between two waves of the sea...” / music for dance duo / choreography by Brian Tjon / NL, 2009
“Her, Herself & Others” / for 2 dancers, 1musician and space / ACA (Florida, US), 2008
“Apple-ology” / music for dance project, collaboration with CodArts / Rotterdam, 2007

Experimental film / videowork :
“Almost YOU” / film by Daniela Paes Leao, sound by A. Yurtsevich /commissioned by European Cultural Fond / NL, 2008
“Her, Herself & Others” / audio-visual work for 4 audio channels (work in progress)
“Men and Women” / short film by A.Yurtsevich / 2006, US
“Broken Projections” / short film by A.Yurtsevich, music by Morton Feldman “Intersections” for magnetic tape / 2006,US
“Steps” / short film by A.Yurtsevich / 2006, US
“The story I read on the way back..” / short film by A.Yurtsevich / 2005, US
“Urban Earth” / short film by A.Yurtsevich / 2004, US

Installations: / NL, USA /
TREE/ study / audio-visual installation for 8 video screens and 8 chan. electronics (work in progress)
“Her, Herself & Others” / series of audio-visual electronic pieces for multi-channel speaker system (work in progress)
“TREE/study-I ” / multimedia installation: video, 1 large print, 6 channel audio / 2007, NL
“The Hand” / video installation, video by: A.Yurtsevich / 2006, USA

 
   

 
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