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Natacha Diels

Flute/Composer

Natacha Diels’ work combines ritual, improvisation, traditional instrumental technique, and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease. An accomplished composer and performer, Diels’ unique musical approach continues to contribute to the ongoing development of new American experimentalism. She holds degrees in flute performance and integrated digital media from NYU and a DMA in composition from Columbia University, and currently teaches composition and computer music at UC San Diego. With a focus on choreographed movement, traditional instrumental technique, and a wide array of DIY electronics, Diels’ 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). Diels’ work has received support from the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program (2011); Issue Project Room’s Emerging Artist Commission (2011); and the Cary New Music Performance Fund (2013), among others. Recently, she was a winner in Heather Roche’s crowd-funded commission competition (2015) and a finalist in the Fresh Minds Festival for audio-visual work (2015).