Kaj Duncan David (*1988) is active between contemporary composition, electroacoustic music and audiovisual performance. Light as a totally integrated musical voice plays a central role in much of his work, which includes solo and ensemble works, electronic music, installations and interdisciplinary performances.

Using electronic and acoustic instruments, computers, lights and video in careful scenic dispositions, he explores the possibility of a point where interrelated visual and sonic materials become a single musical gestalt.


Co-founder of Y-E-S [Berlin]
Co-founder of Liebe Chaos Verein [Berlin]
Member of the advisory group for SPOR Festival [Aarhus]

stipends / residencies / awards

Stipends for continued artistic practice from the Danish Arts Council, 2017-2020
Berlin-Stipendium, JUNGE AKADEMIE, Akademie der Künste Berlin, 2019
Stipend for continued artistic practice, Berlin Senate Department of Culture, 2019
Special Recognition Award for Up Close and Personal, Danish Arts Council, 2019
Carl Nielsen and Anne-Marie Carl Nielsen Foundation Talent Award, 2018
Ulysses Network Journeys Stipend, 2017
Make Sound Residency, Inter Arts Centre Malmö, 2017

appearances [selected]

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

collaborators [recent]

ensemble mosaik and SCENATET, the musicians Jakob Bangsø and Daniel Gloger, choreographer Michelle Moura, composer Assaf Gidron, poet Martin Lau, director Troels Primdahl, theatre group Kommando Himmelfahrt, the Y-E-S collective


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