Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres

Company: Manners McDade
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After completing a degree in Music at the University of Bristol in 2011, Alexandra’s earliest commissions included writing the music for Josefine, an opera based on a Franz Kafka novel with librettist, film writer/director Tim Hamilton; scoring her first film, Russell Hancock’s animation The Great Projectionist; and, in 2014, Alexandra performed Tibetan bowl in Towards Silence for the John Tavener Memorial Concert in Gloucester Cathedral.

In 2015 Alexandra performed as a vocal artist in Julie Hill’s live installation; studied continuous music for piano at Bristol’s Colston Hall, with Erased Tapes artist Lubomyr Melnyk, and also worked with Up the Ante, writing music for the innovative, Bristol-based physical theatre company. In 2016, Swedish circus producer Lina B. Frank scouted Alexandra for Oddly Moving Circus Theatre’s national touring production of He Ain’t Heavy.

She performs piano and live electronics and has played at Union Chapel, Butley Priory, BEaST Electronic Music Festival and on Bristol Harbourside. Her ensemble work Ground Bass Journey, has been performed by the KNM Ensemble in Berlin and London.

Alexandra’s work in film includes scoring the award-winning drama Last Day of Summer in 2017 for Polish writer/director Aleksandra Czenczek; drama Turned to the Sun by American writer/director Keith Wilhelm Kopp; LA-based director Kaelyn Maehara’s anti-industrial fishing documentary By the Water featuring the Indian environmentalist Siddarth Chakravarty, and the experimental DANCE for filmmaker Genna Leach in which Alexandra not only composed the score but also features as a dancer. Early 2019 has seen a commission for the Barbican scoring an abstract dance film with German director Klaas Diersmann and Spanish choreographer Pepe Ubera. Alexandra is currently scoring indie feature Static, working with German writer/director Alex Klaus.

She worked with choreographer Dickson MBI on creating music for Prana by Fiyahouse at Breakin’ Convention at Sadlers Wells. She has released her first EP as a solo artist 19-88, and is due to release an album later on in 2019.

Alexandra’s work is mainly influenced by film music, minimalism, continuous, and electronic music.