Alyssa Aska

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Alyssa is fascinated with the architecture of music, both spatially and temporally. She composes works which explore extremes in time and space, using rigid proportions to generate forms in acoustic works and exploring the unpredictable duration and lack of control in gamified works. This is closely tied to her compositional style, which is concerned with a delicate balance between elements of functional form and elements of pure aesthetic purpose. As much structure as possible, as many ornaments as necessary (and vice versa).

She studied composition in the United States with Robert Kyr, David Crumb, and Jeffrey Stolet, in Canada with Robert Pritchard, Keith Hamel, and David Eagle, and in Graz, Austria with Marko Ciciliani and Klaus Lang. Alyssa’s work and research are performed worldwide at various concerts and festivals such as Wien Modern, Ars Electronica Linz, Forum Wallis, ICMC, EMS, Impuls, Darmstadt Summer Courses, Musikprotokoll, Tonraum21, ComposIt, Mirkofest Helsinki, Microtonal Festival Prague, and many others. She was selected for participation at many academies and workshops such as WasteLAnd Academy (2019), CrossROADS Festival (2019), and Kalv Festival Academy (2020), and reMusik.org (2021). She was also selected for performance at the Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice (Gappp) Symposium 2019. Alyssa is a founding member of the Graz facere collective, which presents every year concerts in various formats, and is a current member of the Graz collective Die Andere Saite.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Instrumental Music


These roads will never end for ensemble (2021)
Syrinx for organ and recorder (2021)
Remember, my name is nossis for voice, oboe, and piano (2021)
Event horizon for clarinet, viola, cello, percussion, and piano (2021)
Der Phönix for solo organ (2020)
Möbius for two organs (2020)
Splitting for alto saxophone and piano (2020)
Arcanum for chamber ensemble (2019)
Grātia for chamber ensemble (2019)
Stagnation.transmutation for solo e-organ (2019)
Chrysocolla for flute, recorder, harp, and harpsichord (2018)
Currents for flute quartet (2017)
Non-linear.0-3. for solo harpsichord (2017)
Emergence for piano trio (2017)
Looped.(dynamic). for organ (2017)
Nachtleuchten am Bodensee for two double basses (2016)
All Roads Lead to the Great Path for clarinet and piano (2011)
Beneath the Acropolis for flute, cello, and piano (2010)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Remember, my name is nossis for voice, oboe, and piano (2021)
Klangwesen for string quartet (2020)
Möbius for two organs (2020)
Splitting for alto saxophone and piano (2020)
Emergence for piano trio (2017)
Nachtleuchten am Bodensee for two double basses (2016)
All Roads Lead to the Great Path for clarinet and piano (2011)
Beneath the Acropolis for flute, cello, and piano (2010)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


These roads will never end for ensemble (2021)

Solo Voice and Accompaniment


Solo et pensoso text: Francesco Petrarch (2020)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


Circles.lines for glissando flute and tape (2020)

Solo Instrument


Der Phönix for solo organ (2020)
Stagnation.transmutation for solo e-organ (2019)
Non-linear.0-3. for solo harpsichord (2017)
Looped.(dynamic). for organ (2017)

String Quartet


Klangwesen for string quartet (2020)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Arcanum for chamber ensemble (2019)
Grātia for chamber ensemble (2019)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Real Time Electronics


Sapphic Dance for paetzold recorder and electronics (2016)
All Roads Lead to the Great Path for clarinet and piano (2011)
Arcanum for chamber ensemble (2019)
Beneath the Acropolis for flute, cello, and piano (2010)
Chrysocolla for flute, recorder, harp, and harpsichord (2018)
Circles.lines for glissando flute and tape (2020)
Currents for flute quartet (2017)
Der Phönix for solo organ (2020)
Emergence for piano trio (2017)
Event horizon for clarinet, viola, cello, percussion, and piano (2021)
Grātia for chamber ensemble (2019)
Klangwesen for string quartet (2020)
Looped.(dynamic). for organ (2017)
Möbius for two organs (2020)
Nachtleuchten am Bodensee for two double basses (2016)
Non-linear.0-3. for solo harpsichord (2017)
Remember, my name is nossis for voice, oboe, and piano (2021)
Sapphic Dance for paetzold recorder and electronics (2016)
Solo et pensoso text: Francesco Petrarch (2020)
Splitting for alto saxophone and piano (2020)
Stagnation.transmutation for solo e-organ (2019)
Syrinx for organ and recorder (2021)
These roads will never end for ensemble (2021)