Composer and sound artist Hardi Kurda is the fifth recipient of the Radio Art Residency scholarship. Kurda studied music in Slemani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq and composition in Leipzig, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden. In his performances and compositions he uses the radio as an instrument to explore the frequency spectrum as tonal material.
I was always looking for a way to make music and feel free at doing so — in the sense that I didn’t want to impose a preconceived idea on time, the exploration of space, or the perception of the environment. And I found this freedom in radio, in the frequencies that are free to be listened to and used.
Kurda will further explore the freedom in the frequency’s intermediary tones during his three-month residency at Radio CORAX. Under the title Listening’s Urgency he aims to develop a radio practice that will be continued in Kurdistan-Iraq, where he grew up and founded a festival for sound art and experimental music in 2017, bringing artistic sound practices into the public sphere.
Hardi Kurda studied music in Slemani, composition in Gothenburg and Leipzig, and is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London. His works have been performed at the Irtijal Festival, Beirut, the Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik, the Sound Place exhibition, London, and have been commissioned by the Department of Public Art in Gothenburg, the Swedish Art Grants Committee and the Goethe-Institut. In 2017 Kurda founded the Space 21 festival for sound art and experimental music, which takes place annually in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq. He recently received a commission from the Swedish Art Council for his project The Illegal Performance. His upcoming concert will be performed at the Academy of Arts Berlin (ADK) together with the sound artist Jennifer Walshe and is based on found footage by John Heartfield.
Hardi Kurda at Space21 Festival, Erbil 2019;
photo credits: Gailan A. Ismail