Biography

Noah Kahrs is a composer whose music seeks to make abstract structures meaningful. He is currently most interested in alternate tuning systems and their relations to psychoacoustic phenomena.

Noah is currently a first-year graduate student in composition and graduate assistant in electronic music at the Eastman School of Music, having previously studied music and mathematics at the University of Chicago. He has studied with Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Robert Morris, Sam Pluta, and Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Anthony Cheung, Burkhardt Reiter, and Iain Matheson, and he has attended a number of summer programs including Fontainebleau, soundSCAPE, and the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. He is also an avid music analyst, with a particular interest in the tension between formal planning and intuition in post-serial music; he has presented his research at conferences including Dislocations: Reassessing Ligeti and Music Theory Midwest.

In his spare time, he can be found staring out bus windows, ringing large bells, or searching for domes, highway overpasses, and other spaces with interesting acoustic properties. He has visited every neighborhood of Chicago, and has ridden every line of the Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Portland, Paris, Berlin, and Singapore rapid transit systems.