Alistair Zaldua: June 6th – 12th, 2022

You can read an online diary of Alistair’s visit to Bergen here.

Alistair Zaldua improviser, composer, and violinist and is based in Manchester (UK) and is artist in residence at Neither/Nor (Ytra Arna, Bergen) in June, 2022. His work focuses on the relationship between notation and improvisation and in collaborative processes. His album remote music (2020) was funded by a grant from the Arts Council UK Emergency Response Fund and consists of a set of open form postcard pieces, realised for multiple violins, and in 2021 released Where The Wind Takes Usas part of Trio CZW (Paul Cheneour, flutes, and Maureen Wolloshin, oboe) via Pan y Rosas.

In 2020 he received a Sound and Music COVID-19 Composer Award and in 2021 and has been invited to work at the ExperimentalStudio (2023) in a project with trombonist Andrew Digby (Stuttgart). Alistair works in a duet with Lauren Redhead (organ, spoken voice, electronics), and more recently with Alwynne Pritchard (voice) and in trio with Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics) and Steve Noble (drums). 

The Project:

My NeitherNor Residency (6th – 11th June, 2022) is a culmination of my year-long improvisation project. Alwynne Pritchard was my mentor for this project, and I have developed my improvisation both as a soloist and in duet with Alwynne and with others.  

The week will be focused on making the final touches to a duet performance with Alwynne for a house concert in the week, and a solo presentation at nyMusikk Krapyl: Biblioteksmusikken presenterer “Zalduas univers” (Saturday 11.06.2022, at 12pm). This project was made possible by support from the ‘Develop Your Creative Practice’ (DYCP), Arts Council England.