Alex Roth

Award: Fusion Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Alternative

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: South East


Composer, guitarist and producer Alex Roth's work spans from improvised solo performances to orchestral compositions; from dance and theatre scores to sound installations; and from electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Sefiroth, which radically explores traditional Sephardic repertoire, to avant-pop quartet Blue-Eyed Hawk and numerous other bands. His music has been recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, and his discography includes collaborations with singer/songwriter Alice Zawadzki (whose debut album China Lane Alex co-produced) and Mercury Prize nominee Laura Jurd.
Current projects include an improvising trio with acclaimed Polish musicians Wacław Zimpel and Hubert Zemler, scoring Théâtre Volière's dance performance Ionic - a setting of poems by Cavafy featuring Savina Yannatou - and releasing experimental electronic music as SUPERSIGIL.
Alex holds a BA in composition from Dartington College of Arts and a MA in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music. His many accolades include the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and The Irish Times “Best Jazz Album” award. He has been a British Music Collection “New Voices” artist, a Serious “Take Five” artist, and an LSO Soundhub Associate. He was also shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award and nominated with Blue-Eyed Hawk as “Best Newcomer” in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Alex has received commissions from BBC Radio 3, choreographers Kasia Witek and Celina Liesegang, London Jazz Festival, and radical Polish-Jewish art collective FestivALT. He has been composer-in-residence at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków; with dance company Sounding Motion; and with improvising chamber ensemble Notes Inégales.
Alex has performed at such renowned venues and festivals as the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Barbican, BBC Proms, Love Supreme, Dublin Electronic Arts Festival, Unsound (Poland), GAIA (Switzerland) and Gogolfest (Ukraine). He can also be heard on numerous television soundtracks.
MultiTraction Orchestra is a platform for remote collaboration among a global community of experimental composers, producers and improvisers. Conceived and recorded while under COVID-19 lockdown, the group's debut track "emerge entangled" brought together 27 musicians from 15 different cities in 8 countries around the world.
Help Musicians' support allows me to create a new track with special guests from across a diverse range of musical scenes. I will also commission choreographer Kasia Witek to create a dance video for the track, shot remotely in the performers' homes and edited by film-maker Arturo Bandinelli. The track will feature on the ensemble's debut EP, which will be released later this year.