Louie, Alexina (Diane)
- Elaine Keillor
(b Vancouver, July 30, 1949). Canadian composer of Chinese descent. As a piano student of Jean Lyons, Louie took the AA degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1967. She went on to study composition with Cortland Hultberg at the University of British Columbia (BMus 1970). Further study with Robert Erickson and Pauline Oliveros at the University of California, San Diego followed (MA 1974). Erickson encouraged Louie to explore qualities of sounds by experimenting with polytimbral synthesizers and computer-based sequencers, and by composing music for performance by fellow students. As a member of Oliveros’s Women’s Ensemble from 1971 to 1974, she performed meditations in sound and movement, some of which were based in Tibetan Buddhism. She expanded her knowledge of Asian music through Chinese zither (qin) lessons with Tsun-Yuen Lui at UCLA. In 1975 her four-track tape piece, Molly (1972), a work based on the last segment of Joyce’s ...