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Dafna Naphtali

Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist and improvisor-composer from an eclectic background of music- making. As singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using custom Max/MSP/ Jitter programs for sound processing of voice and other instruments that she has been writing since 1992. Besides her composing and improvised projects, she co-leads the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton (http://www.whatbat.org) and has collaborated / performed with Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, Ras Moshe, Alexander Waterman, Kathleen Supové, Hans Tammen, and Sarodist Stephen James, among others. She's received commissions and awards from NY Foundation for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center, American Composers Forum, Brecht Forum, and residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI and iEAR. She has performed and traveled widely and under usual circumstances for her music. In more serious moments she teaches and gives workshops at universities in the US and in Europe and teaches, programs and consults about Max/MSP since1996, 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. (www.dafna.info, www.myspace.com/dafnanaphtali)

Dafna can be heard with Mechanique(s) on a forthcoming release on In-situ, on José Halac’s ‘Dance of 1000 Heads’ (Tellus), and on her acclaimed release with What is it Like to be a Bat? on Tzadik/Oracles (4 Stars, All Music Guide).


Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals


New York City


at NYU and Harvestworks NY, also have taught at School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Bard College and guest lectured at Brooklyn College, U. Miami, Columbia University, and in the Netherlands at U. Nijmegan and Institute of Sonology (in Royal Conservatory). Will teach voice, live audio processing of instruments of voice and other instruments, Max/MSP programming, composition/improvisation.

Arthur Blythe
saxophone, alto
Betty Carter
voice / vocals
John Coltrane
Eric Dolphy
Joao Gilberto
voice / vocals
Harry Partch
Meredith Monk
voice / vocals



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