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Kaj Duncan David is a composer and performer of electronic music living in Berlin. His varied compositional practice is rooted in computer music production techniques. Many of his scored pieces are minimalist explorations of gestalt relations between sound and light in concert settings, involving musical interconnection between instrumental performance and light/video. In larger theatre/music projects he explores themes at the meeting point between speculative philosophies and science fiction. He also makes music and designs sound for dance performances. Sometimes elements from all these undertakings end up in an album like All Culture Is Dissolving.


member of Y-E-S
member of the advisory group at SPOR Festival

selected stipends / residencies / awards

Progetto Positano grant recipient / Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2022)
fellow of the JUNGE AKADEMIE / Akademie der Künste Berlin (2019)
stipend in support of continued artistic practice / Berlin Senate Department of Culture (2019)
Special Recognition Award for the work Up Close and Personal / Danish Arts Council (2019)
Talent Award / Carl Nielsen and Anne-Marie Carl Nielsen Foundation (2018)
regular stipends in support of continued artistic practice / Danish Arts Council (2017-2022)
Make Sound Residency / Inter Arts Centre Malmö (2017)

selected appearances / commissions

Musica [Strasbourg], Ultraschall [Berlin], Música Estranha [São Paulo], Wien Modern [Vienna], Münchener Biennale [Munich], Manifeste [Paris], Maerzmusik [Berlin], Rainy Days [Luxembourg], Ultima [Oslo], CYCLE [Reykjavík], Darmstädter Ferienkürse für Neue Musik [Darmstadt], Klang [Copenhagen], Spor [Aarhus], MATA [New York City], Haus der Berliner Festspiele [Berlin], Cafe Oto [London], Jazzhouse [Copenhagen], ZKM [Karlsruhe], Akademie der Künste [Berlin], Sophiensaele [Berlin]

recent collaborators

choreographers Michelle Moura, Claire Vivianne-Sobottke and Sheena McGrandles, ensembles mosaik, Scenatet, reConvert, media-artist Carl-John Hoffmann, musicians Stellan Veloce, Jakob Bangsø, Daniel Gloger, Assaf Gidron, poet Martin Lau, director Troels Primdahl, theatre-group Kommando Himmelfahrt, collective Y-E-S


studies between 2006 and 2016 in music, sound art, electronic music and scenic composition at Goldsmiths College [London], Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium [Aarhus] and the Hochschule für Musik [Dresden].
Mentors in composition: Simon Steen-Andersen, Manos Tsangaris and Franz-Martin Olbrisch