Becker, Rashad

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is a composer and musician residing in Berlin. His compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities, some smug, some shy, some agitators, others ready to surrender. Often there’s a tragicomical touch, like a cartoon version of what could be a requiem from a dream (or just as much a fertility dance from another dimension). 

Recent works include the cycle Traditional Music of Notional Species released across two volumes on PAN, and a multi-part work called Based on a True Story that derives scores from historical occurrences in a sort of “sonic staging.” He has received commissions by New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound, Berlin string ensemble Kaleidoskop, and leading German theatre company Berliner Ensemble. 

Rashad Becker is mainly active as a solo artist but finds himself in a series of permanent collaborations alongside Eli Keszler, Moritz von Oswald, and as a member of the formation Moleglove. Other and more sporadic collaborators have been Okkyung Lee, Andre Vida, Ashley Paul, and Valerio Tricoli.