About this project
Dr Jason Alder is well-established as a low clarinetist, improviser, and performer of contemporary music working with composers to develop and premiere new pieces. He is often found performing, lecturing, or on panel discussions at festivals around the world, including the International ClarinetFests, European Clarinet Festivals, Low Clarinet Festival, Istanbul Woodwind Festival, American Single Reed Summit, Netherlands Gaudeamus New Music Festival, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Havana Festival of Contemporary Music, NottNoise New Music Marathon, Leeds International Festival of Artistic Innovation, and European Platform for Artistic Research in Music. Jason completed his PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) with his thesis “Compendium of Sonic Possibilities of the Contrabass Clarinet: A Study of Cross-Compatibility and Composer Collaboration”. His research interests include practice-based research and collaboration, improvisation, technology, analysis, and history. He regularly writes for The Clarinet and Clarinet and Saxophone magazines and is the author of the well-known and used quarter-tone and altissimo fingering charts for clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet. Jason’s newest album “Milieu Interieur” contains solo works for clarinet, bass
clarinet, and contrabass clarinet written by Thanos Chrysakis. Other recent album releases include “Music for Bass Clarinets”, “Contradictions: Duets for Contrabass and Contra-alto Clarinets”, and he was recently a featured soloist on the soundtrack for the Paramount film “Spell” and BBC drama “Ridley Road”. Jason is an endorsing Artist for Selmer instruments, D’Addario reeds, Behn mouthpieces, and Silverstein ligatures, and is on the ICA New Music Committee, the Low Clarinet Festival Artistic Committee, and is Co-Artistic Director of ClarinetFest 2024 in Dublin.