People - Music Technology

Dafna Naphtali

Dafna Naphtali earned both a B.M. in Vocal Performance in 1992 and her Masters in Music Technology in 1996 at NYU Steinhardt. She was Chief Engineer of the NYU Music Technology Studios from 1996-1998. A member of the Music Technology faculty for several years, Professor Naphtali was an academic advisor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music Technology program from 2001-2011.

Professor Naphtali is a sound-artist/ improviser/composer from an eclectic musical background. As a singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using her Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers. She has collaborated / performed with many experimental musicians and video artists over the past 20 years, such as Ras Moshe, Kathleen Supové, Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, and Hans Tammen as well as video artists (Benton-C Bainbridge, Angie Eng, Lenore Malen and others) and with choreographer Daria Fain. She’s co-led the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton since 1997 and was a founder of Magic Names vocal ensemble (performing Stockhausen’s Stimmung).

She’s received commissions / funding from NY Foundation for the Arts ('01, '13), NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center, Brecht Forum, American Composers Forum ('99, '10), Franklin Furnace Fund, travel support from American Music Center, and residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI and iEAR at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.

Prof. Naphtali performs and traveled widely and under usual circumstances for her performances/collaboration (to festivals /venues internationally including to India, Israel, Russia, Germany, Holland, Israel) Dafna teaches and gives workshops at universities in the US and Europe and also has been teaching, programming and consulting about computer music since 1995 at Harvestworks (New York) and as a freelancer doing sound design and programming work for the projects of many artists at the forefront of digital and interactive music.

Dafna can be heard on Mechanique(s) (Acheulian Handaxe), on What is it Like to be a Bat? (Tzadik/Oracles) (4 Stars, All Music Guide) with Brazelton and Danny Tunick, Her CD Chatter Blip with Chuck Bettis is on Acheulian Handaxe.