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

Hardi Kurda, Composer, sound artist, improviser, researcher, and curator. Hardi’s compositions involve suggestive and unusual sounds. The artist uses, among others, the radio to explore spectrum frequency as sound material. Besides composing classical acoustic and electronic music, Hardi Kurda develops pieces in which music interacts with different art forms in new art spaces to create new listening experiences using found scores, a new listening medium he develops. 

His works were performed in Irtijal International Festival for Improvisation Music in Beirut, Adapter ensemble Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik, “Sound Place” exhibition and ShowRoom in London. His work was commissioned by the Department of Public Art in Gothenburg, the Swedish Art Council, and Goethe Institute. 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 WalsheTomomi Adachi inspiration from John Heartfield found footages organised by ADK in Berlin, curated by Julia Gerlach. Hardi is a founder and curator of Space21 for Sound Art and Experimental Music in Kurdistan-Iraq, two editions of the festival was co-curated with the artist and writer Brandon LaBelle. 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’s last piece for electroacoustic was performed at the Listening Biennial in Slemani-Kurdistan as a part of the Global Listening Biennial 2021, where he was part of the curator collaborative partners of the biennial. Hardi is co-founder of Duo Moment together with Khabat Abas, they released two albums “Broken Resonance” on Space21 Label and “Illegal Performance” at Café Oto 2021. Hardi is a member of the Swedish Society of Composers (fst), the Incorporated Society of Musicians in the UK and The Professional Asociation of Visual Artists Berlin.


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Composer, sound artist, and improviser Hardi Kurda, he is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London and founder of the Space21. His works performed in Blech Gallery and Radio Corax part of radio art residency in Halle, Irtijal Beirut, Adapter ensemble MaerzMusik Berlin, Sound-Place exhibition in London, ensemble recherché in Freiburg, John Heartfield found footages organised by ADK in Berlin. 

Hardi’s Score can be found at the Swedish Music Organisation, click here