Natacha Diels’ work combines ritual, improvisation, traditional instrumental technique, and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease. An accomplished composer and performer, Natacha’s unique musical approach continues to contribute to the ongoing development of new American experimentalism. With a focus on choreographed movement, traditional instrumental technique, and a wide array of DIY electronics, Natacha’s compositions have been described as “a fairy tale for a fractured world” (Music We Care About) and “fantastic playful modern chamber music full of magic and wit” (Vital Weekly).
Natacha founded the experimental music collective Ensemble Pamplemousse in 2003, and continues to be its executive director and flautist. In 2009 she co-founded the performance duo On Structure with Jessie Marino. As flautist, Natacha has recorded or performed with such luminaries as Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, George Lewis, and Vijay Iyer. Her performance has been described as “an insane, barking bird who can’t find his way out of his own birdcage” (The Sound Projector).
A devoted teacher of all ages, Natacha has designed and taught courses in electronic and computer music at Columbia University, Parson’s School of Design, and the Montessori School of Raleigh, among others. She holds degrees from NYU and Columbia University, and currently teaches composition and computer music at UCSD.
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