Maria W Horn

Booking Agent : Giorgio Salmoiraghi

Maria W Horn (1989) is a composer whose work explores the inherent spectral properties of sound. Her compositions employ a varied instrumentation ranging from analog synthesizers to choir, string instruments, pipe organ and various chamber music formats. Synthetic sound is often paired with acoustic instruments in order to extend the instruments timbral capacities with precise control of timbre, tuning and texture.

Maria combines spectralist techniques and site specific source material in order to explore the inherent memories of a building, object or geographical area. In her recent compositions she uses acoustic artifacts from physical spaces to create musical frameworks for her compositions. Using these acoustic imprints as a starting point Maria weaves intricate harmonic patterns that slowly transform from intimate fragility to searing high-density aural monoliths.

Her debut album Kontrapoetik (2018) is a historical investigation, and a kind of counter-exorcism tackling the deceivingly serene, yet turmoiled past of her home region Ångermanland in the North of Sweden. Dies Irae (2021) derives from the resonant frequencies of an empty machine hall from the mining region of Bergslagen and Vita Duvans Lament (2020) is a sonic excavation of what used to be the only panoptic cell prison built in Sweden.

In addition to her artistic practice she is also the co-founder of Swedish record label XKatedral.

Notable performances and festival apperances include MUTEK Mexico City and MUTEK Montreal, GRM-INA Paris, Insomnia Festival Tromsø, CTM Festival Berlin, Atonal Berlin, Madeira DiG, Copenhagen’s Organ Sound Art Festival, LOST Festival Parma at Labirinto Della Masone (Ulver, Sunn O))) etc.), more editions of Rewire Festival, Kilbi Festival, Counterpulse San Francisco, Elevate Festival, Saint Ghetto Festival in Bern, dunk!Festival, EKKO Festival, Otherworldly with William Basinski, Tresor Berlin, DAVE Festival Dresden, Click Festival Helsingør and a permanent installation project at Luleå Biennial, one of the most ancient and prestigious culture institutions in Sweden, built inside the Vita Duvans panopticon prison.

Maria’s new album Panoptikon is going to be released on February 2nd, 2024 and is available for preorder via Xkatedral. An European tour as special guest of the iconic band Swans is now announced and on sale.



Date City Venue Country
27/04/24 Copenhagen ALICE Denmark
Funeral Folk
28/04/24 Malmö Intonal Festival Sweden
Funeral Folk
29/04/24 Amsterdam Fiber Festival Netherlands

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