Neil Kaczor (UK)

Neil Kaczor
Interview for SIP – SoundLAB Interview project

short bio:
Neil Kaczor (born 1967 Kidderminster, UK) studied composition at the Royal College of Music and electroacoustic music composition at the City University in London.
He has received a number of awards and prizes including the Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize, United Music Publishers Award and an honorary mention at the 22nd Luigi Russolo International Composer Competition.
Kaczor’s music has been played in the UK, Europe and Japan and has featured at a number of festivals including the Bath International Festival, Spitalfields Festival and Ether Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
He has received commissions from various performing artists, ensembles, choreographers and institutions. In addition to orchestral, instrumental and electroacoustic compositions he has been involved in the creation of multimedia works, sound installations and has composed music for theatre, film and animation.
During the nineties he co-founded The Offset, a performance art group whose members included Nina Silvert, Sexton Ming, Aiden Shaw and Donald Urquhart. He also played keyboards in Leigh Bowery’s art rock band Minty.
In 2001 he was commissioned to write two pieces for the inaugural celebrations for the opening of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow: ‘Extract III’ for strings and a setting of ‘All I Was Doing Was Breathing’ by the Indian poet Mirabai for soprano and strings were performed by the singer Bishi with the BT Scottish Ensemble conducted by the composer.
Other recent commissions include: ‘… in the air suspended’ – a sound installation at the Museum of Childhood in London, the music for ‘Urge’ – a dance piece for the choreographer Jean Abreu and the soundtrack to a feature length documentary on the artists Gilbert & George.

Published & recorded work:
In Memoriam ‘Spectrum II’ ABRSM Publishing ISBN 1 86096 084 7
‘Spectrum I & II’ NMC Recordings NMCD057
Toccata Salata ‘Bachology’ EMI 7243 834567 2 7
Extract I ‘The Offset Presents…’ Poppy CD6
Procession ‘Open Wide’ Minty Candy CD2
& Homme Aphrodite
Interstices ‘Sonic Postcards’ Sonic Arts Network CD01

Neil Kaczor participates in

  • SoundLAB
  • Edition IV – Memoryscapes
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