Composer, violist and vocalist Hannah Selin juxtaposes acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, field recordings and recorded interviews to imagine new and unlikely sound-spaces. Her compositions range from solo instrumental and chamber music with and without electronics, to songs, music for dance, orchestral music and sound installations. Six Narratives, a new song cycle based on poems by Adrienne Rich, was premiered by the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra in May 2019. Hannah was selected as a 2018 resident at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has received commissions from the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, One Quiet Plunge, saxophonist Carlos Gontijo, and violists Karen Ritscher and Kallie Ciechomski. Her score for short film 222, directed by Delfine Paolini, was nominated for the 2018 Peer Raben Music Award at the Soundtrack Cologne festival. Her music has been choreographed by Ellenore Scott and Frame Dance Productions. After receiving the 2015 Miriam Gideon Award for excellence in the study of musical composition, Hannah was selected as Composer-in-Residence with the Brooklyn College Orchestra in the spring of 2016. Hannah received an ASCAP Plus Award in 2019. Her new string quartet will be premiered by Xanthoria Quartet in February 2020.
Hannah performs frequently with her band GADADU, with whom she has participated in residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. GADADU released their second album, Outer Song, in October 2018 on Birdwatcher Records. As a violist, Hannah performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the New York metropolitan area. She is a founding member of Xanthoria Quartet, a string quartet dedicated to bringing new music to life. Hannah’s sound installations have been featured at Metropolitan Gallery 250 in Philadelphia, PA and the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE.