Alex Jang (b. 1988) studied composition at the University of Huddersfield with Aaron Cassidy and Bryn Harrison and at the University of Victoria with John Celona, Christopher Butterfield, and Wolf Edwards. He has also had lessons and masterclasses with Linda Catlin Smith, Paul Steenhuisen, Suzanne Farrin, Peter Ablinger, Michael Finnissy, Gianluca Ulivelli, Annesley Black, and Sylvie Lacroix, and has studied conducting privately with Ajtony Csaba.
Described as “possessed of strange and unidentifiable energies” (Tim Rutherford-Johnson, The Rambler), his pieces inhabit a soundworld that is fragile, hesitant, blurred, and immersive. His intimate works frequently exhibit extended durations, timbral ambiguity, and nuanced interactions between sound and silence. His pieces have been performed by Adrian Verdejo, Steve Cowan, Quatuor Bozzini, ethos collective, ELISION Ensemble, A Place to Listen Ensemble, Gabriela Areal & Eugenia Amarilla, Liam Hockley, Daniel Brandes, and the Victoria Composers Collective, and his work has been featured at dachklang: august (Munich), Música Experimental de Cámara (Buenos Aires), Oak Bay New Music Festival, A Place to Listen, Casse-Tête Festival of Experimental Music, Vancouver Pro Musica Further Series, Little Chamber Music Series That Could, SALT New Music Festival, and the Aventa IgNITE! Composers Workshop.
He composes, conducts, and plays mandolin and guitar for the Victoria Composers Collective and A Place to Listen Ensemble. His first CD is due for release on Another Timbre in October 2017.