AKUSTRIK is the company name of multi instrumentalist, composer and theatre performer Alison Houiellebecq.
It is the place to come for unique music.
AKUSTRIK believes in music being not only an audible experience but a visual one too.
Whether it's the extraordinary unique one woman orchestra Madame D'Orificio or comedy D.O.G band Department of Gruff or the sublime all brass street band G.A.S.P (Grand Acoustic Sound Parade), high quality, and technically skilled performance are guaranteed.
Akustrik also has a degree in Music and can provide music composition and soundscapes for all types of performances and events.
Akustrik is available for corporate, festivals, collaborations, community, cabaret and education.
Akustrik performs all types of music from classical to comedy, rave to rhapsody, jazz to jingles.
News for 2022. So back out into the real world this summer with an exciting mixup of projects. Its wonderful to finally have a run of bookings for The Feparrment of Gruff or D.o.G at some fantastic festivals- Glastonbury , Latitude, Out There Festival, all great representatives of creativity atits best. We ate adapting the show for the stage too which is quite an advancement..No hiding musically, its got to be spot on! So the challenges of playing music whilst inside masks is an interesting one, and I have found misician / performers able to cope with it - and enjoy it.. I have also taken Madame Dorficio out and it never ceases to amaze me the reaction she gets. Its visually interesting but really the special part of it is playing the tunes- in 3 part harmony. Its a joy to play her, as its an easy physical show with fairly high impact. All i need is my costume amd 3 recorders! Travel light!
I am also still workinhg with Red Herring Productions on the Whistler show which is touring in France and Belgium. I get to perform and write music for this show.
Also performing with Ramshackliscious with ‘The band at the end of the world’ which is music and physicality and jolly good fun .
So a very busy summer still interspersed with recording for people, playing in a band and doing my own compositions. Life is good
Bringing music to life...
Compositions, Collaborations and Soundscapes
I enjoy working from a brief that stimulates a reaction.My background has been working with physical theatre and circus and composing with empathy.
This visual element has moved into my other compositional work in which I always try to evoke a powerful image.
I have very many styles depending on what is required. As I trained classically on oboe I understand classical composition but also I enjoy many other genres.My current favourite is using samples and mixing composed sound ,real sound and words
please refer to the media section for audio examples
As a freelance musician( mainly woodwind and sax) composer, and performer I have nearly always worked collaboratively within theatre, circus ,street theatre and bands. I enjoy the stimulation that working with others creates, and the continual sparking of ideas. I work quickly and instinctively and revel in taking others input and making it work.
Please refer to media page for examples and About page for more detail of my past companies
This is a new area of work that I discovered whilst doing an MA in Sound Art.I have become obsessed with field recording spending many days in the countryside ,by the beach, and in urban surroundings. The purity of the tiny.The ability to focus in.But also the interweaving of natural sound and instrumentals is fascinating. Please see media for examples of my Soundscape work particularly with Red Herring and their Walk in the Woods that I recorded and edited