Ayọ̀ Olúrántí’s research area, which is practice-led, is Composition. While he believes in both the traditional and the modern ‘experimental’ approaches to music within a postmodernist aesthetic, Ayọ̀ researches African traditional musical processes and resources for application and re-contextualization within his compositional language. Olúrántí’s compositions, which have been performed worldwide, have been heard at major international conferences and festivals including the Society of Composers Conference (USA), College Music National Conference (USA), Symposium and Festival on Composition in Africa and the Diaspora, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (UK), etc. Olúrántí (formerly Ogúnrántí), who has featured in Nigeria, South Africa, UK & USA in the last thirty-five years as composer, conductor, organist and music theorist, graduated from the University of Southampton (UK) with first-class honours in Composition & Organ and with a PhD in Composition & Theory from the University of Pittsburgh (USA). He has won several awards and scholarships including the Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (USA), St. Michael’s Organ scholarship (UK), Tafawa Balewa Scholarship (UK), Heather Award (for best interpretation of Bach’s keyboard work – Southampton), Michael James Music Trust Award (UK), Sidney Perry Award (UK), Brereton Memorial Fund grants (UK) etc. He was the winner of the 2009 Donald Sutherland Endowment Fund Composition Competition (USA). With a background in the fields of Industrial & Production Engineering as well as Computer Hardware Technology, Olúrántí previously worked with multi-national firms such as Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil, British Gas, First Assist Insurance, Manpower etc.
Composition & Theory