- March 26, 2023 | New work for airborne extended will be premiered in the framework of the festival Slovenian Music Days at Knight’s Hall, Križanke in Ljubljana (SI)
- April 21, 2023 | Performance with Isabella Forciniti in the framework of Sonica Festival in Ljubljana (SI)
- Autumn 2023 (date tbc) | New work for Vertixe Sonora Ensemble will be premiered in Spain and Austria
Aleksandra Bajde is a composer-performer and a cultural professional dedicated to sustainable development, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration, and social change. In her native country, she studied the violin, the piano, and classical singing at the Maribor Music and Ballet Conservatory. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in jazz singing from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Social Sciences in a Bachelor’s (Honours) degree program in the liberal arts and sciences from Amsterdam University College. During her undergraduate studies, she was selected for an Erasmus Program at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She completed a trilingual master’s in Advanced European and International Studies at the European Institute in France and a master’s degree in composition with distinction at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz, where she studied under the guidance of Carola Bauckholt and Christoph Cech. Here she also pursued a Master’s degree in Jazz Singing under Elfi Aichinger. She is currently pursuing a PhD in political science at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include EU cultural diplomacy and EU cultural policy.
Her music has been performed in several European countries, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and the Netherlands, as well as in prominent venues and festivals, i.e. Alte Schmiede, Porgy & Bess, Wien Modern, Brucknerhaus Linz, Leicht über Linz, Crossroads Festival in Austria; November Music, Operadagen Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Cologne Opera in Germany; Slovenian Philharmonic, Cankarjev dom in Slovenia and many more.
She has been a recipient of several scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Austria, including a ”Startstipendium” for Music and Performing Arts (2019) and a State Scholarship for Composition (2022). In 2020, she was awarded the Theodor Körner Förderpreis for composition and was selected for the European Music Council Fellowship Programme 2020 – 2022. In 2021, she was selected for the Global Cultural Relations Programme 2021, and in 2022, for the Break Fellowship Programme for EU Women Entrepreneurs. Her work is supported by the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, City of Vienna, and SKE.
Her recent work can be characterized as a hybrid of composed and improvised music that includes elements of performance art. Her main interest lies in exploring and experimenting with the endless possibilities of sound and its expression, while also forging new links with other art forms and genres. She continuously expands her sound palette through incorporation of unconventional singing and playing techniques, different sound objects, and electronic sounds. She aims to create exciting, impulsive music, whereby her main focus lies on creating different, high-contrast music scenes and situations. As she works with an expanded palette of both sonic and visual components her artistic approach is inherently interdisciplinary.
She is Founding Director of the Culture and Sustainability Lab. Currently, she also works as the Office and Project Manager at the Austrian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music and holds the position of lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. From September 2014 to September 2018, she served as the Project Manager and Secretary at the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras. Previously, she acquired professional experience in diplomacy at the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in France and at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna.
EU, CULTURE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
“As we find ourselves amidst fully-fledged ‘glocal’ issues, such as the rapidly changing world of politics, the ongoing refugee and immigration crisis, climate change, etc., we have reached the point at which the need for effective cultural, socio-political, and environmental models and solutions is at its highest. As a cultural practitioner and a social sciences postgraduate, I more than ever feel a duty to contribute to the improvement of those issues by using the potential of social science research, creativity, and my professional experience to work on and be involved in projects that will produce effective solutions and shape sustainable and collective futures”.
In 2020, she was selected for the European Music Council Fellowship Programme 2020-2022 and in 2021, she was selected for the Global Cultural Relations Programme 2021. In the European Music Council Fellowship Programme 2020-2021, she developed a workshop for artists – Creating New Synergies Between Artistic Fields, EU Cultural Policy, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – under the mentorship of Victoria Liedbergius (EMC President).
Her own projects often reflect her deep commitment to promoting European values, priorities, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is particularly interested in exploring potentials of culture and creative approaches and developing interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, and cross-cultural collaboration projects that foster innovation and sustainability.
INTERVIEWS & TALKS
From tradition of Ipavec family into the world – a series of conversations with Slovenian composers of the younger generation – with the guest Aleksandra Bajde and the moderator prof. Gregor Deleja
On cultural diplomacy and contemporary music. Talk with Darja Korenčan Korez on the Radio-Television Slovenia 1 (in Slovenian) Profil: Aleksandra Bajde
Večer (in Slovenian): Aleksandra Bajde: Dunaj in Avstrija cenita umetnost
Donne 365 (in English): Meet the ComposHER: Aleksandra Bajde
mica – music austria (in German): „[Meine] Musik ist eng mit meiner Persönlichkeit verknüpft“
LISTEN & WATCH
Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places is a scenic musical work for a female singer/performer, ensemble, electronics, movement, video and light, which was awarded with the Theodor Körner Förderpreis 2020.
In cooperation with International Society for Contemporary Music-Austrian Section, NOW! Oper der Gegenwart, Cankarjev dom, Festival City of Women, and HAZE – Association for the promotion of transdisciplinary art and technologies.
Supported by the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, City of Vienna, Theodor Körner Fonds, SKE, Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana, State of Styria, City of Graz, LSG and AKM/GFÖM.
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Aleksandra Bajde (voice, grand piano, sound objects) & Isabella Forciniti (electronics, modular synthesizers)
LISTEN & WATCH
duo clearobscure (Aleksandra Bajde & Emre Sihan Kaleli) is a contemporary music duo currently based in Vienna. Their work combines contemporary playing and singing techniques with theatrical elements and improvisation. As a duo they performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia.