Dafna Napthali


Dafna Naphtali is a singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician, who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro- acoustic music (since the mid-90’s) using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of voice and other instruments. She draws on an eclectic musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music, and as performer she also interprets the music of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers, in a large variety of projects with well-regarded musicians around the world.


She co‑led the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton for many years (more music in the works!) and has collaborated / performed in in the US, Europe, Russia, Israel and India, including musicians Hans Tammen, Ras Moshe, Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, Kathleen Supové, Gisburg, Alexander Waterman, classical Indian vocalist Vidya Shah, the late sarodist Stephen James, among others. She's received commissions/awards from NY Foundation for the Arts (2001, Computer Arts, 2013 Music/Sound composition), NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center, American Composers Forum (1999, 2010), Brecht Forum, Franklin Furnace, American Music Center and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI, Djerassi, and iEAR at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.


She performs and travels widely and under usual circumstances for her music (to festivals and venues in the U.S., Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Russia). She teaches and gives workshops at universities in the US and in Europe (New York University, Bard College, Columbia University, U. Miami, Pratt Institute, U. Mass, U. Nijmegan and Institute of Sonology in Holland, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Transart Institute in Berlin, and others) and she teaches, programs and consults about Max/MSP since 1995, having done sound design and/or programming work for the projects of Jin Hi Kim, Shelley Hirsch, Pamela Z, Phoebe Legere, Fred Frith, Jim Staley, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Chico Freeman and others. Although she primarily composes for herself and her ensembles, her compositions have been performed by pianist Kathleen Supové, flutist Margaret Lancaster, Magic Names vocal sextet.






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