Ali Fyffe is a Melbourne-based saxophonist who studied notated music in Australia and France, and then started improvising and creating throughout the Asia-Pacific. Described as “unpopular music”, “like a film score” and “weird”, Ali’s free improvisations explore unconventional use of the saxophone to create surreal acoustic soundscapes.
As a keen collaborator and traveller, Ali has worked in numerous ensembles and with a range of artists in many countries. In notated-music ensembles, she has won prizes and toured Australia and France, and performed with saxophonists in five states, the UK, Italy and Malaysia. As a member of halfsound, Ali and co-artistic director Matt Hinchliffe have toured South-East Asia extensively supported by Creative Victoria, and have also performed in Australia, Taiwan and India.
Ali has been living nomadically in Asia for some years exploring her own voice as an experimental improviser and collaborating extensively with local artists. Highlights include a residency with thanks to Green Papaya Arts Projects and Asialink Arts, and participation in the WSK Festival of the Recently Possible in the Philippines and KLEX Fest in Malaysia. Ali is now on the panel for the Tilde New Music Festival and a member of Forest Collective, one of Melbourne’s leading new music ensembles.
I love the expressive capabilities of all the different parts of the saxophone, and how they can interact with other materials to broaden their scope. I love how I can add a tube to my horn, or play on just the surface of water with my mouthpiece. I love how spontaneous and raw improvising can be, but I'm also so lucky to have a degree in saxophone performance that's given my a range of skills to use when improvising.
I've been exploring the world of water for a while and will continue posting my progress. But there are a few surprises coming!
A lot of my solo performances are available on the Listen page or on my soundcloud.
After a lot of hard work, I finally finished by first album contain, available on bandcamp or if I see you in person.
Forest Collective is a not for profit arts organisation focusing on contemporary classical music. We commission, create, and present various art forms, often giving independent artists a platform to develop their practice and reach new audiences, within a supportive environment. Forest Collective is run by a volunteer team of creative, young professionals who strive to enrich audiences though multidisciplinary, innovative, collaborative, experimental, and traditional art forms from new, early and mid career artists. We pride ourselves on giving a voice to underperformed and underrepresented creators and composers.
Led by Evan Lawson, Forest Collective was founded in 2009 by a group of students from the VCA. Forest Collective transformed from an artist collective of like minded individuals into one of Melbourne’s leading young arts companies and became a not for profit, multi-disciplinary arts organisation in 2012.
Since it’s first season Forest Collective has gone onto sell out performances at Melbourne Recital Centre, La Mama Court House, National Gallery of Victoria, Abbotsford Convent, Burrinja Cultural Centre and as a part of Metropolis New Music Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Highlights of past seasons include working with harpist Marshall Maguire, commissioning and performing the world premiere of Evan Lawson and Samuel Yeo’s opera Calypso, Elanor Webber’s dance work Texture of It for our 2014 interdisciplinary arts festival Flooding in the Garden, Michael Bakrencev’s chamber work The Virtuous Woman with the Watermelon, Evan Lawson’s spralling chamber work Orpheus and the Cave, Lisa Illean’s stunning And the black sea, Breaks… and Katriona Tsyrlin and Stephanie Osztreicher’s physical theatre and music work Holy Dying. In 2014 Forest Collective presented their own interdisciplinary festival, Flooding in the Garden, presenting various Melbourne artists to high acclaim.