Dr. Alistair MacDonald is a composer and performer based in Glasgow. Much of his work is collaborative; working with performers, artists and choreographers from different media and backgrounds, he makes work for performance, broadcast and installation internationally.
Current projects include Strange Rainbow, a live electroacoustic duo with Scottish harp player Catriona McKay (performances include Celtic Connections, sound festival in Aberdeen and the Norwegian Film Festival) and collaboration, with Carrie Fertig, on Glimmer for glass percussion, electronics and live flame-working, recently selected for the Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass.
Recent works include;
The Imagining of Things with Brass Art (video and audio installation) for Huddersfield Art Gallery and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Mitaki (string quintet and live electronics) for the Scottish Ensemble, and a number of acousmatic works.
Interactive, performative installation Sensuous Geographies, in collaboration with Sarah Rubidge (shown in the UK and USA) was was awarded a Creative Scotland Award in 2002; Silver Wings and Golden Scales (2007), an installation in collaboration with Jennifer Angus, was commissioned for the Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin; SeaUnsea(2006), an interactive dance and video work with programmer Chiron Mottram, choreographer Carol Brown and architect Mette Ramsgard Thomsen was premiered at Dance Umbrella 2006 at the Siobhan Davies Studios. Other commissions include music for The Scottish Ensemble, The Paragon Ensemble, BBC Radio Scotland, Reeling and Writhing, the Australian ensemble Elision, choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and Theatre Cryptic.
He teaches composition and directs the Electroacoustic Studios at the RCS where he was made a Fellow of the Royal Conservatoire in 2012. Alistair was part a residency led by Carrie Fertig at Lyth in September 2014.