Lauren Redhead/Alistair Zaldua
Lauren Redhead and Alistair Zaldua have worked together as a duo since 2012, performing music for organ and electronics, with a further focus on contemporary experimental music, graphic and extended notation for the organ, and live and interactive electronic interfaces.
Their performances span the possibilities of the combination from organ with stereo fixed media sound, to organ with live diffusion, organ with live electronics and performances incorporating live notation and improvisation. This has included collaborations with many composers taking innovative approaches to technology, and with visual artists and poets and many invitations to present new perspectives on the organ at festivals and conferences. In 2014 they performed a tour of the UK, supported by the leading UK charity for New Music, Sound and Music, and since then they have performed widely throughout the UK and Europe.
In 2015 they released diapason, an album of new music for organ and electronics, on the sfzmusic label. In 2018 they collaborated in the studio with Joshua Cannon to produce hearmleoþ-gieddunga, an album of 5 works with Anglo-Saxon titles by Lauren Redhead that they have performed multiple times since 2016. Most recently, the duo presented Ecuadorian composer Mesias Maiguashca’s landmark work for organ and electronics Nemos Orgel at the Tectonics x Only Connect Festival in Stavanger, in collaboration with Ny Musikk Norway.
For IoN 2020 they present their new project vox humana, featuring newly commissioned work from composers including Annette Schmucki (CH), Nina Whiteman (UK) and Ailís Ní Ríain (IE).
Lauren Redhead is a composer of experimental music, an organist who specialises in music for organ and electronics and a musicologist who focuses on the aesthetics and semiotics of contemporary music. Her compositions are published by Material Press (Berlin), and her music and performances have been released on the sfz music, innova, pan y rosas discos and engraved glass labels and performed and broadcast internationally. Lauren is currently Senior Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century Music at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Alistair Zaldua is a composer of contemporary and experimental music, whose work has been featured at many international festivals throughout the UK, Europe, and South America. Since1998 he has worked as conductor for contemporary music, and a violinist, giving the first performance of many new works and teaching contemporary music performance practice at the Institut for Neue Musik, Freiburg. He currently performs both notated and improvised music as a violinist and has specialised in developing the duet performance of live electronics. Alistair has taught composition, conducting and music aesthetics in the UK at Goldsmiths and Canterbury Christ Church University, and is the translator of many texts on contemporary music and art.