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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

Alex Roth

Born in Detroit, raised in London and now based in Kraków, Alex Roth is a composer, guitarist, producer and interdisciplinary collaborator. His diverse body of work encompasses improvised performances; a wide range of concert music from solo to orchestral compositions; scores for dance, theatre and film; leading numerous bands; and producing electronic music. He has worked with some of Europe’s leading experimental musicians, such as John Butcher, Arve Henriksen, Savina Yannatou, Kit Downes, Mikolaj Trzaska and Olga Szwajgier.
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Alex leads the acclaimed improvising trio Cut The Sky (with Wacław Zimpel and Hubert Zemler); produces experimental electronic music as Supersigil; co-directs Sephardic music group Sefiroth; and founded the networked ensemble MultiTraction Orchestra, whose critically lauded debut album was hailed by The Guardian as "a remarkable sonic collage by an A-list of international improvisers.”

Alex’s compositions have been recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, and the 20+ releases in his discography also include collaborations with singer/songwriter Alice Zawadzki, Mercury Prize nominee Laura Jurd's Human Spirit, and Orcadian fiddler/singer/songwriter Catriona Price, among other recordings on labels such as Superpang, Edition, Diatribe and NMC.

Alex is also the founder of multidisciplinary label Zyla, whose inaugural season of releases was curated around his Inpouring EP—a collaboration with experimental cellist Alice Purton—and included poetry, drawing, animation, choreography and videography.

Music Mentions

Early inspiration (25:00):

Discovering music from then to now (32:37):


Three artists of note discovered in the past year (44:34):

First album ever purchased (52:16):

Most under-appreciated artist from your favorite music decade (1:02:28):

Desert island discs (1:06:52):

Recommended guests for future episodes (1:14:11):