For 10 years, Dafna Naphtali has been trying to find ways to peacefully and not-so-peacefully incorporate “audio machinations” (her particular vision for the processing and manipulation of musical sounds) into both improvised and composed music. With an arsenal of equipment, computer programs she has been writing and her 4-octave vocals, she has performed with many fine musicians in a full spectrum of improvised contexts. She also composes instrumental music and has written for and performed extensively with her “digital chamber punk” trio, What is it Like to be a Bat?, with Kitty Brazelton.
fusebox// is a reiteration of Dafna’s long standing ideas about sound processing with new contextualizations and influences. The work incorporates improvisations, original composition and novel arrangements/configurations of her favorite pieces by Mingus and others. With saxophonist Ras Moshe, Shayna Dulberger (bass) and Jeff Arnal (drums/percussion.)
Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist and improviser-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 improvising 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 and Hans Tammen, among others. She’s received commissions and awards from NYFA, NYSCA, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center and American Composers Forum, and a residency at STEIM. 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. She teaches, programs and works as a consultant about Max/MSP and has 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.
Dafna can be heard with Mechanique(s) on a forthcoming release on In-situ (’06,) was featured vocalist on José Halac’s CD ‘Dance of 1000 Heads’ (Tellus,) as well as on her acclaimed release with What is it Like to be a Bat? on Tzadik/Oracles (4 Stars: All Music Guide.)