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Composer, violist and vocalist Hannah Selin juxtaposes acoustic instruments with electronics and field recordings to create striking and vibrant sound-spaces. Her music delves into the inner lives of sounds: shimmering sound-masses interact in unexpectedly moving ways, and instruments merge and separate to create sounds beyond their own.
Hannah’s music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and soloists including Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, Chromic Duo, Network for New Music, Ave Sol Chamber Choir, Xanthoria Quartet, Sydeboob Duo, inEnsemble, One Quiet Plunge, NODUS Ensemble, soprano Stephanie Lamprea, clarinetist Ford Fourqurean, percussionist Lucas Conant, violinist Charlene Kluegel, and violists Karen Ritscher and Kallie Ciechomski. Her choral piece “Winter” from Four Mountain Songs won second prize and the most audience votes at the 2021 Balsys International Composition Competition, and Meditation on 2/5 for solo violin won a Merit Award at the 2021 Tribeca New Music Festival. Hannah was selected as a 2018 resident at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and her score for short film 222, directed by Delfine Paolini, was nominated for the 2018 Peer Raben Music Award at the Soundtrack Cologne Festival. Hannah has collaborated with choreographers Ellenore Scott (Broadway Dance Center) and Lydia Hance (Frame Dance Productions). Her sound installations have been featured at Metropolitan Gallery 250 in Philadelphia, PA and the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, where she collaborated with visual and textile artist Anne Yoncha.
Hannah is co-founder and lead singer with the band GADADU, a cross-genre songwriting project. Together, the band has released two albums: And I See Night (2015) and Outer Song (2018), with a third arriving in September 2022. As a violist, Hannah performs with orchestras and ensembles throughout the New York metropolitan area. She is a founding member of Xanthoria Quartet and Violalia Duo. Hannah lives in New York, and is completing her PhD in composition as a University Fellow at Temple University in Philadelphia.