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Iddo Aharony

Assistant Professor

Iddo Aharony is a composer of contemporary electronic and acoustic music. His body of work spans a wide variety of instrumentations, media, and interdisciplinary collaborations, from a fully-staged opera (Oedipus, 2011) to various experimental projects utilizing live electronics, created together with visual artists, theater directors, scientists, and other musicians.

Aharony’s music explores unconventional dialogues between different and often conflicting voices. His electroacoustic work focuses on creating new ways for performers to engage in a fluid real-time interplay with their computer-spawned counterparts. In addition, it examines unpredictable relationships between the visual and the sonic, and the liminal spaces between organic and synthetic sounds.

He has collaborated closely with ensembles and musicians including Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, Mivos Quartet, Pacifica Quartet and soprano Tony Arnold. His electronic and acoustic music has been performed in the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Spain, Israel and Australia, and programmed at international festivals such as SEAMUS, NYC Electronic Music Festival, June in Buffalo, the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, the Israel Festival of Culture and the Valencia International Performance Festival. Among his awards are the 2014 soundSCAPE Festival composition prize and commission (Italy), and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Blue Mountain Center and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Aharony serves as Artistic Director for social activist multimedia group Fused Muse Ensemble and served as Co-Director for Project Incubator. His primary composition teachers include Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Marta PtaszyÅ„ska, Howard Sandroff, Jeffrey Hass, Sven-David Sandström, Don Freund and Joseph Dorfman. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, he received an MM in Computer Music Composition from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a PhD in Music Composition from the University of Chicago (2016).