Composer • Performer

Navid Navab is a Montréal based media alchemist, composer/improvisor, audiovisual sculptor, gesture bender, and multidis­ ciplinary artist. Interested in the poetics of gesture, materiality, and embodiment, his work investigates the transmutation of matter and the enrichment of its inherent performative qualities. Navid uses gestures, rhythms and vibration from everyday life as basis for realtime compositions, resulting in augmented acousticalpoetry and painterly light that enchants improvi­ sational and pedestrian movements. His pieces, which take on the form of gestural compositions, responsive architecture, theatrical interactive installations, and multimodal improvbased performances, have been presented internationally at diverse venues including Canadian Center for Architecture, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Shanghai eArts, MUMUTH Austria, Roulette New York, Western Front Vancouver, McCord Museum, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Timisoara Romania, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, International Digital Arts Biennial, Musiikin Aika Finland, and CCRMA Palo Alto among others. A graduate of Ontario Royal Conservatory of Music, Concordia University’s Electroacoustics and Computational Arts program, and McGill Music Technology, Navid has been working for the past several years creating deeply expressive intermedia instruments synthesizing research at IRCAM, CRIMMT, CNMAT, Topological Media Lab and Matralab, while using phenomenological studies to inform the creation of computationally­augmented performance environments.

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