Photo by A. Swidler

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. Hannah performs across the Northeast with her band GADADU, and is a founding member and violist with Xanthoria Quartet. Her song cycle Six Narratives, based on poems by Adrienne Rich, was premiered by the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra in May 2019. In February 2020, Xanthoria Quartet premiered her String Quartet No. 1, “The Third Reality.”

Hannah was selected as a 2018 resident at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and has received commissions and awards from the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, ASCAP, 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. She has collaborated with choreographers Ellenore Scott (Broadway Dance Center) and Lydia Hance (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’s 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.