Artists Alistair MacDonald

Alistair MacDonald is a composer, performer and sound artist. His work draws on a wide range of influences reflecting his interest in improvisation, transformation of sound, and space. Many of his works are made in collaboration with other artists from a range of media, and explore a range of contexts beyond the concert hall, often using interactive technology.

He has a longstanding live electroacoustic improvising duo with Scottish harp player Catriona McKay, and another with singer Anne-Liis Poll.

Collaborations and commissions include installations with Jennifer Angus, Brass Art, and Sarah Rubidge, dance work with Shobana Jeyasingh and Anna Krzystek, and music for Jos Zwaanenburg, Elision, and the Scottish Ensemble. Recent commissions include work with trumpet player Tom Poulson and director Susan Worsfold, commissioned by the St Magnus Festival, and a series of collaborations with Carrie Fertig, on pieces for glass percussion, electronics and live flame-working.

He is a member of invisiblEARts, a group of Scottish-based composers. He teaches composition and directs the Electroacoustic Studios at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was made Professor in 2017.

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Alistair MacDonald

Doncaster (England, UK), 1962

Residence: Glasgow (Scotland, UK)

  • Composer
  • Sound artist

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Main releases

empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 18155, IMED 18155_NUM / 2018