News & Projects
Duo Blockstix is a unique ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill. Formed in 2014 the duo perform repertoire spanning 800 years with an emphasis on promoting new and innovative compositions.
In 2017 Duo Blockstix launched their debut cd featuring works for recorder and percussion by Australian Composers.
Duo Blockstix look forward to bringing you exciting projects in 2019. For details visit www.duoblockstix.com.
One of Alicia Crossley's passions is promoting the bass recorder as a virtuosic solo instrument. In 2011 Alicia released Addicted to Bass, featuring 7 Australian compositions featuring bass recorder . Alicia is now embarking on a new bass recorder project, Bass Instincts, in collaboration with a team of Australian female composers. Over the coming year Alicia will be working closely with 7 composers to begin constructing new bass recorder works.
More details to come.
Alicia Crossley joins forces with some of Australia’s leading musicians as part of the Sideband Project. This project, formed by Sydney composers Peter McNamara, Brad Gill and Tristan Coelho, aims to promote Australian composers through recordings of little known works. Alicia will be joining Sideband in 2019 for their concert series.
"Muse was a beguiling concert full of whimsy and musical story-telling, neatly programmed to draw the audience through the disparate styles of the composers showcased. Fine performances by Crossley and the Acacia Quartet were a pleasure, but perhaps even more significant is the contribution to the recorder repertoire fostered here by Crossley." Angus McPherson, December 10 2018, Limelight Magazine
Alicia Crossley joined the acclaimed Acacia Quartet to record and present 6 new Australian compositions for recorder and string quartet inspired by poetry, mythology, historic figures and storybook characters. Muse is Alicia's third CD release and has received high praise from critics and audiences alike.
Metropolis New Music Festival 2017
Alicia had the privilege of performing alongside an international line-up as part of Metropolis 2017. Held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Alicia performed a solo recital, Fragments, which feature highlights from her acclaimed albums Addicted to Bass and Alchemy.
“Granger and Crossley should of course be commended for their musical skill and technical prowess, after a concert of largely faultless, well-executed playing, but for constructing an evening of such bold, uncompromising, pioneering music they deserve a standing ovation. Trailblazers, while not always popular, should be fearless, and this was a performance that wasn’t just brave, but also brilliant.” Maxim Boon, October 12 2015, Limelight Magazine
Duality was the result of an ongoing collaboration between Alicia Crossley and American harpist Emily Ann Granger. The enormously successful concert tour, which visited Bellingen, Canberra and Sydney, featured works for recorder and harp and including 3 world premieres. Thanks to Fine Music 102.5 FM for their support project.
Alchemy CD and Tour 2015
Alchemy is Alicia Crossley’s second solo CD and explores works transcribed for recorder including Bach’s Cello Suite No.1, Debussy’s Syrinx, Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea, and JacobTV’s The Garden of Love.
The CD’s launched in conjunction with Alicia Crossley’s first national tour, visiting Sydney (NSW), Griffith (NSW), Wagga Wagga (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Melbourne (VIC), Penrith (NSW) and Burradoo (NSW). Special thanks to Fine Music 102.5 FM for their valuable support of this tour.
Aurora Festival 2012 & 2014
Alicia has had the honour of performing at the Aurora Festival in both 2014 and 2012. In 2014 Alicia performed at Blacktown Arts Centre with some of Australian leading musicians including Melissa Farrow (baroque flute), Ollie Miller (cello) and Mark Atkins (didgeridoo). In 2012, the Aurora Festival’s "We Heart the Recorder" was held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and included workshops and a performance for 40 recorder students from local Primary Schools, directed by Alicia Crossley.
The "concerbition" Memoriam, held at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney, was a hugely successful event and very well received. The concerbition (the combination of an art exhibition and concert) explored notions of mortality and the ephemeral, fleeting nature of life with artwork by Emily Sandrussi and music by Alicia Crossley. Memoriam also included the world premiere of Paul Castles' composition Psychopomp.
Addicted to Bass 2011
“This endeavour ticked all the boxes of contemporary composition: obscure instrumentation, sexy performer and underground venue”
RealTime issue #105 Oct-Nov 2011 pg. 41
Addicted to Bass was an ambitious project involving the commission, recording and premiere of 7 new works featuring bass recorder. Alicia had the honour of working with some of Australia’s leading emerging composers to create innovative new works for the under-utilised bass recorder. The CD’s launch in August 2011 was a great success and works from “Addicted to Bass” have enjoyed numerous broadcasts and performances.