“The choice between the wide and narrow does not shy away Hardi Kurda for the narrow spelt c-o-m-p-o-s-e-r. in an impressive production ranging from electro-acoustics for chamber music based Hardi Kurda bridges between different musical traditions. It thereby contributes to a classical music necessary repertoire development. Through its social commitment, he creates music of the times in its best and most crucial sense.” Western Götaland Region Culture Grant (Sweden) 2015

Composer, improviser, sound artist and curator Hardi Kurda born in Slemani, Kurdistan-Iraq; He began his music journey after the Kurdish revolution in 1991, then he studied violin at the Institute of Fine Art, Slemani. In 2002, he immigrated to Sweden, where he studied composition at Gotland Composer School. He obtained his BA (2009) and MA (2012) degrees in music composition from the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg; He also studied at the University of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. Now, Hardi is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Hardi’s compositions involve suggestive and unusual sounds, reflecting his personal listening’s experiences from his illegal journey to Europe. The artist uses, among others, the radio as an instrument to create other listening’s medium through exploring the spectrum frequency as sound material that questing the political power and the social order. Besides composing classical acoustic and electronic music, Hardi experiments and develops pieces in which music interacts with different art forms and disciplines through Found Score (the score of information collected by listening through other senses). A phenomenon he developed throughout his PhD research. He wants to create new listening experiences, e.g., interactive sound art: ECG monitor for a hospital (Diagnosis Machine, 2015-2018) and textile, a Kurdish carpet (Sounding Carpet, 2018) for a textile museum and interactive radio antenna (Listening’s Urgency, 2020).

Hardi’s works, including performances, compositions and installations, were exhibited and performed in Café OTO and IKLECTIK in London, Irtijal International Festival for Improvisation and Experimental Music in Beirut, Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik; and “Sound Place” exhibition and ShowRoom in London. He recently received a new commission from the Swedish Art Council for his project “The Illegal Performance”. Hardi’s latest works, The Magnified Face, the found score of Kurdish carpet, have been performed telepathically with Jennifer Walshe and Tomomi Adachi, inspiration from John Heartfield found footages organised by ADK in Berlin, curated by Julia Gerlach. Upcoming performances at Sonorities festival in Belfast and Borderline Festival in Athens.

Hardi is a founder and curator of Space21 International Festival for Sound Art and Experimental Music in Kurdistan-Iraq; he co-curated two years of the festival with the artist and author Brandon LaBelle. Besides, Hardi is Artist Director of Non-Ensemble, an interdisciplinary sound and music platform in Sweden. In (2020) he became the fifth scholarship holder of the Radio Art Residency in Halle, Germany, where he created two experimental radio performances: Listening Urgency, the found score of radio and Everything illegal, the found score of illegal stories, performed with Nina Guo, curated by Tina Klatte. Hardi is co-founder of Duo Moment together with Khabat Abas, the experimental Cellist. They released the first album “(2021)

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