California native, Alexandra Tibbitts is an experimental improviser, harp + technology innovator and arts organizer. Based in Montréal, her sonic palette is a blend of classical, contemporary and electro-acoustic nuances.
Tibbitts has been invited to present workshops and harp masterclasses, as well as lecture on contemporary composition at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música of Mexico City. In the new-music scene, she was featured by the Montréal emerging artist organization, Code d’Accès, and has premiered works and dedications in San Diego (California), Montréal, Porto (Portugal) and Mexico City.
In musical innovation, she boldly explores the relationship between movement and sound. At the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), her research projects develop novel approaches for gestural control and instrument augmentation of the concert harp.
Tibbitts is a loud advocate and supporter of the Montréal new-music community. She is a grant writer and workshop coordinator for the Montréal Contemporary Music Laboratory and a co-developer of the CIRMMT Student Outreach Award. She is a founding member of Ensemble ILÉA (Improvisation libre electro-acoustique).
Tibbitts completed an Artist’s Diploma in orchestral repertoire and a Master’s of Harp Performance from l’Université de Montréal and has been influenced by Caroline Lizotte, Elena Mashkosteva and Heidi Lehwalder. She performs with symphonic orchestras throughout Québec, including l’Orchestre de Trois-Rivière, Orchestre Symphonic de Sherbrooke, Orchestre Symphonic de Québec and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
Photo: David Romero