As a guitarist, composer, improviser, bandleader and interdisciplinary artist Alex Roth is carving out a unique place for himself within the UK’s contemporary music scene. Drawing inspiration from dance, film, literature and visual art as well as a wide range of musical traditions, Alex works across the jazz, improv, contemporary classical, alternative folk and electronic music communities with some of the leading artists of his generation.
Many of Alex’s compositions have been written for the ensembles he leads or co-leads: jazztronica quintet Otriad, electric guitar ensemble Guitarmageddon, electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Sefiroth, four-piece collective Blue-Eyed Hawk and an improvising duo with saxophonist Joe Wright. He also writes for and performs regularly with the Alice Zawadzki Band, Tom Millar Quartet and Chaos Orchestra among others.
Alex has played at many of the UK’s most renowned venues such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, the V&A museum and King’s Place. He has also toured internationally in the US, Ireland, France, Switzerland and Hungary, been featured on radio stations including BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, Hoxton FM, Shoreditch Radio, Radio Sveriges and RTE Lyric FM and television soundtracks for BBC1, ITV and Channel 4.
A graduate of both Darlington College of Arts and the Royal Academy of Music, Alex has won many awards, including the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Emerging Excellence Award to develop his multimedia theatre production Arvoles Lloran por Lluvia, which was also named runner-up in the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises in Performance and Composition and subsequently supported by PRSF and Arts Council England. He received the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and was shortlisted for a 2012 BASCA British Composer Award. In 2014 he was selected for the LSO Discovery Panufnik Scheme and the Serious Take Five scheme.