AUSTIN ALI

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COMPOSER

BIO

AUSTIN ALI is an award-winning composer, trumpet player, and conductor from Dallas, Texas. Musicians from Washington, DC to Costa Rica to Valencia, Spain have performed Mr. Ali’s music, including symphony orchestras, brass bands, jazz ensembles, soloists, chamber groups, wind ensembles, and choirs. In addition to the concert stage, Austin composed, orchestrated, and conducted the score to a feature-length film entitled Dear Leo (dir. Emma Rappold) in Austin, TX in 2019.

 

Austin holds degrees in Music Composition and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. In Spring 2020, Austin received the George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence for his Plan II Thesis A Musical Portrait of Triton, the Rogue Moon of Neptune. Austin currently studies music composition in the Herb Alpert School of Music at University of California, Los Angeles (MA, Class of 2022).

 

At UCLA, Austin serves as a teaching assistant for Dr. Dwayne Milburn and studies composition with Dr. Ian Krouse and Richard Danielpour.

 

In addition to composing, Austin loves to play the trumpet. For the last four years, he has performed with the endlessly funky Big Wy’s Brass Band. The group showcased their original music at the IGA International Jazz Festival in Guatemala in 2017, performed for the president of Costa Rica in Limón, Costa Rica, were invited as Official South By Southwest (SXSW) Artists from 2018-2020, and won “Best Horns” in the 2019-2020 Austin Music Awards. Austin served as the primary composer and arranger for the band’s two records Portal to Funkville and Lord Dope, available on all streaming platforms.

 

Austin’s music has been performed/recorded by musicians including:

  • The Austin Symphony Orchestra

  • Spanish Brass

  • Christopher Bill

  • The University of Texas Wind Ensemble

  • The University of Texas Wind Symphony

  • The University of Texas Trombone Choir

  • The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra

  • The University of Texas Jazz Ensemble

  • The Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble

  • Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

  • Big Wy’s Brass Band

  • The Mockingbird Brass Quintet

  • The Sonos Quartet

  • The Inversion Ensemble

  • The DC Trombone Workshop Choir

  • The Plano West Senior High School Wind Ensemble

  • The Shepton High School Wind Ensemble

  • The Shepton High School Symphony Orchestra

  • The Frankford Middle School Symphonic Band