- awarded the State Scholarship for Composition 2022 by the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria
- selected for the Global Cultural Relations Programme 2021 by the Cultural Relations Platform
- Visible and invisible worlds of Aleksandra Bajde –review of Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places (in Slovenian)
- February 1, 2022 | Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places at Brick-5 in Vienna (AT)
- January 31, 2022 | Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places at Theater am Lend in Graz (AT)
- November 27, 2021 | das ist ein missverständnis (Aleksandra Bajde & Isabella Forciniti) will be released in the framework of Fraufeld Vol. 3, audio stream will be available on the website of Wien Modern
- November 27, 2021 | das ist ein missverständnis (Aleksandra Bajde & Isabella Forciniti), release concert of Fraufeld Vol. 3, in the framework of Wien Modern at Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna (AT) – postponed due to lockdown
- November 20, 2021 | [O] for saxophone, accordion and piano with sound objects will be premiered in the framework of Ljubljana New Music Forum at Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana (SI)
- November 6, 2021 | Self-Portraits in Imaginary Places will be premiered at Linhart Hall in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana (SI)
Aleksandra Bajde is a Slovenian composer and singer living in Vienna. 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 Conservatorium van Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Social Sciences in a Bachelor’s (Honours) degree programme 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 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 Christoph Cech and Carola Bauckholt. 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, 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 – 2021.
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 works as the Office and Project Manager at the Austrian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. 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 experiences 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, the COVID-19 pandemic 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 an artist 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 2020-2021 European Music Council Fellowship Program and in 2021, she was selected for the Global Cultural Relations Program 2021. In the 2020-2021 European Music Council Fellowship Program, she developed a workshop for artists – Creating New Synergies Between Artistic Fields, EU Cultural Policy & 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 & UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is particularly interest in discovering the 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.