Naphtali, Dafna

Dafna Naphtali
Master of Music, Music Technology, New York University
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance (Jazz), New York University

Dafna Naphtali is a versatile sound artist, vocalist, guitarist, and composer of electronic music. She focuses on experimental music and improvised music in combination with electronics using her custom Max/MSP programming for sound processing of the voice and other instruments.
Courses Taught:
Music Technology (Fall 2014)
Electronic Music (Spring 2015)
Recent Publications:
Dafna Naphtali and Hans Tammen, “A View on Improvisation from the Kitchen Sink,” Leonardo Music Journal 20 (2010)

Marsha Vdonin, “An Interview with Dafna Naphtali,”
Office Hours:
By appointment.

Personal Website:

Research Interests:
• Electronic music performance
• Interactive computer music
• Sound art and installation
• Music production / aesthetics of sound processing
• History of electronic music
Professional Affiliations:
New York City Electroacoustic Music Society
SWiTCH (Society for Women in Technology)
American Composers Forum
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Voice Activated (organizer) for Make Music NY 2014: site-specific experimental vocal works in unexpected public spaces,

Dark Circuits Festival (participating artist),

International Society for Improvised Music Conference (participating artist),
What is it Like to be a Bat? (Tzadik/Oracles 2003 -- 4 Stars, All Music Guide)
Chatter Blip (Acheulian Handaxe, Nov. 2009, with Chuck Bettis)
Mechanique(s) Trio (Acheulian Handaxe, w/ Hans Tammen, Martin Speicher)
Dance of 1000 Heads (Tellus – as featured vocalist on José Halac’s CD)
Alternative Schubertiade (CRI – vocalist on Brazelton’s Trout Quintet “Fishy Wishy”)
Awards and Honors:
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Music/Sound Composition (2013)
New York Foundation for the Arts Computer Arts Fellowship (2001)
American Composers Forum Jerome Commissions (1999, 2009)
Franklin Furnace
NY State Council on the Arts
Meet the Composer
Experimental TV Center
Brecht Forum commission (2007)
ASCAP Plus award (2008-2013)

Residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI, Create @iEAR residency at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.

Travel grants to Poland and India from Foundation for Contemporary Arts and American Music Center.

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