Julia Alford-Fowler is a composer, teacher, activist and accordion noodler. Her music combines strains of texture and serialism with melody and most recently Klezmer. It stems from spurts of improvisation that is often mixed with a series of numbers (each representing a given pitch, sometimes using 12, sometimes less, never more) that are rearranged over and over again. She received her education at many fine institutions, the most recent being Temple University in Philadelphia, where she recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the mentorship of Matthew Greenbaum. Her music has been performed in many exotic locales including Philadelphia, New York, Kansas City and Aspen. Dr. Alford-Fowler is currently an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College and after a semi-hiatus to participate in the Occupy Movement, she has recently completed writing her Doctoral Monograph, Chasing Yiddishkayt: A Klezmer Concerto – Music for Accordion, Klezmorim Concertino, Strings and Percussion. In her spare time she plays accordion with her husband in his long standing surf/math/punk/instro rock band, Mercury Radio Theater and participates in the Philadelphia activist community.
To read more about her process and influences, check out her recent interview on the Italian New Music Blog, Nomos Alpha.