Composer, sound artist, improviser, researcher and curator Hardi Kurda born in Slemani, Kurdistan-Iraq, he is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. 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. 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 Walshe, Tomomi Adachi inspiration from John Heartfield found footages organised by ADK in Berlin, curated by Julia Gerlach.
Hardi is a founder and curator of Space21 International Festival for Sound Art and Experimental Music in Kurdistan, 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.