Alicia Jane Turner

composer//sound designer//violinist


Alicia Jane Turner is a London based composer, sound designer, violinist and performance artist whose work spans contemporary theatre, new classical music and live art.

Her practice focuses on the visceral affectivity of sound and live music in interdisciplinary performance, using composition and immersive sound design to explore the relationship between the internal and external body, and ask questions about physicality, identity and intimacy. Her compositions fuse the textures of noise music and ambient minimalism with classical instrumentation and electronics, to create dissonant and intricately layered pieces. In her research she interrogates the gendered politics of listening, silence and noise, and how sound and light works to generate atmospheres in sensorial encounters with contemporary theatre.

Alicia has been an ongoing collaborator with theatre-maker Christopher Brett Bailey since 2014, composing and performing the music in his two critically acclaimed productions This Is How We Die and Kissing The Shotgun Goodnight which have toured across the UK and internationally in venues including The Almeida, Battersea Arts Centre, Ovalhouse, Brighton Dome and festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Festival and Progress Festival (Toronto). She premiered her first solo theatre piece Breathe (Everything Is Going To Be Okay) at SPILL Festival 2016, which has since been performed at venues including Camden People’s Theatre, The Lowry and Rich Mix. Other recent theatre collaborations include composition and sound design for Louise Orwin’s OH YES OH NO and Ginger Johnson’s How To Catch a Krampus. Recent experimental classical music works include solo performances at venues including The Yard, vFd and Radar (Denmark), collaborating with the NYX Electronic Drone Choir, performing violin on Dead Light’s debut album, premiering a new work commissioned by Spitalfields Music on the effects of gentrification on the queer community, and a commission that explores queer Weimar cabaret with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She was a Bang on a Can composition fellow in the US in 2018, and holds a BA (Hons) in Popular Music and MA in Theatre and Performance.

Photos courtesy of thelastdinosaur performing with NYX