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date: 20 August 2019

Alberga, Eleanor locked

  • Sophie Fuller

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(b Kingston, Sept 30, 1949). British composer of Jamaican origin. She played the guitar with the acclaimed Jamaican Folk Singers while still at school. In 1970 she moved to London to study the piano and singing at the RAM, where her teachers included Richard Stoker. Her early musical career involved working as a concert pianist as well as dancing with the African dance company Fontom From. In 1978 she began to work for the London Contemporary Dance Theatre as pianist, composer and musical director. In 1988 she became a freelance pianist and composer, playing with Nanquindo (four players on two pianos) and in the violin and piano duo Double Exposure.

Alberga’s music is always strongly structured, with a powerful rhythmic drive. Her earlier works, such as the three-movement orchestral piece Sun Warrior (1990) or the dramatic Hill and Gully Ride for four players on two pianos (...

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