Musician, composer and sound artist Hannah Selin received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied with Karen Ritscher. She has studied with composers and sound artists including Wang Jie, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Christensen, Tom Lopez, and Per Bloland. Selin is a founding member of GADADU, a New York-based ensemble performing original works for voices, viola, trumpet, keyboard, bass and drums. Selin has participated in festivals and tours including the Threshold Electronic Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Oberlin Orchestra’s Tour of Asia. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Brooklyn College, where she holds the Composers Concerts Assistantship.
In addition to performing contemporary and classical repertoire as a violist, Selin composes and performs electroacoustic music, songs and sound art. Selin’s multimedia pieces and installations juxtapose instrumental and electronic sounds with field recordings and recorded interviews to imagine new and unlikely acoustic spaces, often engaging audience and community members in the process. The presence of recorded sounds and human voices in Selin’s work sometimes calls attention to the absence of these sounds from our increasingly technologized and earbudded realities.
Recent projects include [in]Corporate, a multimedia installation in collaboration with visual artist Anne Yoncha; Olfactory Bulbs, suite for viola and electronics commissioned by Karen Ritscher; and Sylvania, a multichannel audio installation featuring interviews with South Philadelphia residents. Additional collaborations include an ongoing arranging project in collaboration with folk-rock band The Loose Canyons and a commission for Triptych, an Oberlin-based flute/cello/piano trio. As a music educator, Selin teaches violin, viola, cello, double bass and music theory both privately and in schools. Selin also leads classes and workshops in improvisation, instrument building and sound art.
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