Alon Ilsar is an Australian drummer, composer, sound designer and instrument designer. He is co-designer of a new interface for electronic percussionists called the AirSticks, using the instrument in projects such as The HourThe Sticks, Tuka (from Thundamentals), Kirin J Callinan, Kind of Silence (UK), Velize (US), Cephalon (US), Aether (US), Voyager (US), Bondi Dreaming, Silent Spring, Trigger Happy, Monotreme (US) and Brian Campeau.

He has been heavily involved in theatre and film as drummer, composer and sound designer. His diverse projects include Belvoir Theatre’s ‘Keating! the Musical,’ Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Mojo,’ Scottish production for deaf and hearing audiences ‘Kind of Silence,’ Meow Meow with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Cumming, Jake Shears, Eddie Perfect, Tim Minchin, Circus Monoxide as musical director,  Lance Horne, Zohar’s Nigun, Aronas, Captain Kirkwood, The Colors Tribute Band, Gauche, Trigger Happy, Tango Saloon, Facemeat and Darth Vegas.

Alon is completing a PhD in instrument design through the University of Technology, Sydney’s Creativity and Cognition Studios, under the supervision of Andrew Johnston. He recently completed a one-year artist residency at Brooklyn College’s PIMA in New York working on new collaborations with musicians, visual artists and dancers such as Trevor Dunn, David Grubbs, Jim Black, Briggan Krauss, Kyle Sanna, Dana Lyn and Hannah Cohen of Neshamah Dance Company.

VIDEO: Alon Ilsar and the AirSticks

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‘the inventive techno-percussion of live drummer Alon Ilsar – sound takes on a physicality as immediate and dramatic as the (visible) choreography’ (Herald, Glasgow)

‘ Alon Ilsar’s ingenious use of electronics… sheer unpredictability and unaccountability of the sounds’ (Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney)

‘…musician Alon Ilsar uses intensely vibrating instruments – mainly drums and theremin-like “air sticks”,  mediated through a technology that delivers sound vibrations direct into the body rather than through the air…’ (Scotsman, Glasgow)

‘Live drummer and sound manipulator Alon Ilsar’s sound textures almost act as a secondary character, veering from 90s dance music to sci-fi inspired sonics.’ (The List, Glasgow)

‘Ilsar’s great percussion work, on the side of the stage, brilliantly commented and reflected on the action.’ (Sydney Arts Guide)

‘Ilsar smashes and crashes his drumkit to dramatic effect: for mine, more dramatically and menacingly than the script itself.’ (Crikey)

‘Drummer Alon Ilsar’s skeletal underscoring is very effective.’ (Sydney Morning Herald)

‘freaky-future shit’ (The Brag, Sydney)