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Dafna Naphtali

Dafna Naphtali is a singer/electronic-musician/sound-artist and improviser/composer of experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music. She writes custom computer programs for live sound processing of voice and other instruments, projects for multi-channel audio, musical robots, and audio-augmented reality soundwalks. Drawing on an eclectic musical background she also interprets Cage, Stockhausen and other composers, and collaborates with musicians/video artists internationally. Recent releases include: “Fusebox” duo w/saxophonist Ras Moshe Burnett (Gold Bolus, May 2021), “Microcosmopolitan”, w/Chuck Bettis duo Chatter Blip (Contour Editions), “We Q”, w/saxophonist Edith Lettner (Clang), "Landmine" for Kathleen Supové, on "Ear to Ivory", (Starkland), “Pulsing Dot” w/pianist Gordon Beeferman (Clang), “Index of Refraction” w/Barcelona percussionist Luis Tabuenca (Acheulian Handaxe). She has also performed in projects as singer or electronic musician with Shelley Hirsch, and recorded/toured with indy band “Barbes” singing Spanish Civil War songs. Dafna’s sound art works also include her audio-augmented-reality soundwalks “Walkie Talkie Dreams” (w/U-GRUVE AR) are in NYC and Hamburg. Her latest multi-channel sound installation/sculpture, "Audio Chandelier: Polyélaios", created with metalsmith Ayala Naphtali, was on-view on Governor’s Island (May-August 2021).

More info: www.dafna.info, audiochandelier.com, http://walkietalkiedreams.org/ Discography: https://dafna.info/cds-and-recordings/


“…luminary” (Time Out New York)

“extraordinary experimental vocalist” (Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery)

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

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Gold Bolus


We Q

Clang Label



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