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Alex Turley : Associate Artist

Photo of Alex Turley

Photo: Michael Dang


Artist website: http://alexturley.com/

Alex Turley is an Australian composer specialising in acoustic and electroacoustic concert works, orchestration, theatre and installation. Alex's music has been described as 'unapologetically pretty' (Partial Durations), 'sophisticated' (Atlanta Music Critic), and 'seductively atmospheric' (Atlanta Symphony).

Ensembles which have commissioned or performed Alex's concert music include the Melbourne, Atlanta, Tasmanian, West Australian, Perth, Ku-Ring-Gai, and Penrith Symphony Orchestras, Intercurrent, Argo, the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, Soundstream Collective, Golden Gate Brass, Grey Wing Ensemble, Maverick Saxophone Quartet, Voyces and Naya Chorale. In 2018 Alex was composer-in-residence with Forest Collective.

City of Ghosts (2015) was selected by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to be performed in the 2016 Metropolis New Music Festival, under the baton of American conductor Robert Spano, who then led the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a repeat performance to critical acclaim.

In his work for theatre, Alex creates highly stylised, bespoke sound design that is closely sculpted to the emotional intensity of a production. His work for the Blue Room Theatre's 2018 production of Minus One Sister was described as 'organic and edgy' (Stage Whispers), having 'audience members on the edge of their seat and almost in tears' (Dircksey) and a 'soundtrack you want to go home and download' (Out in Perth), while his work on the 2016 production of TILT was described as 'an eclectic composition of sounds…integral to the excellence of the piece' (Pelican).

As an orchestrator, Alex's credits include Eskimo Joe with WASO and the Sydney Symphony, Lucy Durack with WASO, Anthony Callea with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, A Tribute to David Bowie with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Nico: Songs They Never Play on the Radio with Forest Collective, and Swing on This with WASO.

Alex holds a degree in Composition and Music Technology with First Class Honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is a current Masters candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

"City of Ghosts" is cinematic in its approach, and Turley has deftly painted a coherent, pictoral sound world that is full of suspense... a brilliant piece of music. (Jon Ross, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Alex Turley — current to July 2019

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Biome : for mixed chamber ensemble (2018) Commissioned by Forest Collective.
Digital sheet music sample Nocturnal : for chamber sextet (2017) Commissioned by GreyWing Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Blue Heat : for clarinet, piano and marimba (2017) Written for Ashley William Smith, Louise Devenish and Emily Green-Armytage
Digital sheet music sample Stars alone : for tenor and piano (2017) Commissioned by Louis Hurley.
Digital sheet music sample Kusama's Garden (duos: 2 pianos with electronics) (2017) Commissioned by Argo for performance by Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg.
Digital sheet music sample City of Ghosts : for orchestra (2016) Commissioned by Cybec Foundation, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.