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I am an artist and academic researcher. My PhD is in musical composition and I currently work as an actor and writer (academic and fiction).

I am using this site to lightly document elements of my practice and research. Here, I write (very briefly) about music, film, literature, concerts, talks and lectures in addition to elements of my own artistic practice.

This site also features as a Student Blog on the Royal Musical Association website.

Press Biography

Alannah Marie Halay is a composer and sound artist. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), and has taught Composition, Counterpoint, and Musicology at HE level. As well as performing her own music as a multi-instrumentalist and improviser,  her music has been performed in Denmark, England, the Netherlands, and Poland; in the ‘Centre Stage’ concert series and the ‘Leeds Lieder+’ song festival; by Bloomsbury Opera, Trio LayersNotes Inégales, LSTwo ensemble, Discord, percussion ensembles of the Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, and others. In 2015, she was winner of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia Composition Competition, and her composition Parallax Error (2014) for any four-string bowed instrument was selected for the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy and performed in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Festival the following year. She is also the founder and organiser of the (Per)Forming Art Symposium, and a reviewer for musicologyresearch.

Alannah’s PhD (Recognising Absurdity: Comparing an Avant-Garde Style with being avantgarde) explores the absurdity of attempting to be creative if/when one’s creative decisions are guided by external factors such as performer ability and ideology (pre-existing knowledge). Her research touches on the condition of prevailing society and how this affects the production of contemporary art, in particular music.   Her latest book, (Per)Forming Art: Performance as Research in Contemporary Artworks was published by Cambridge Scholars publishing last year.