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Dom Bouffard is London-born composer, sound artist and performer who’s work stretches from punk to experimental theatre. Robert Wilson has called him ‘one of the most interesting musical talents we have today’
Coming from English/Irish and French-Algerian heritages, Dom grew up in East London where he started gigging in local thrash metal bands from age 14. He later co-founded Sona Fariq, a ferocious, multicultural four-piece who’s sound crashed together styles from Garage Punk to Bhangra. He has also collaborated with artists including Katie-Jane Garside, Coco Rosie and Daniel Hope.
Relocating to Berlin in 2006, Dom performed and helped create music for two Robert Wilson productions at the Berliner Ensemble with Rufus Wainwright and Lou Reed. In 2012 he spent a summer at the Watermill Center for Arts & Humanities on Long Island NY where he developed an interest in Contemporary Dance, Performance and Installation Art. He also earned an MMus in Composition (Creative Practice) at Goldsmiths, which deepened his interest in Sound Art practices.
This led to ongoing collaborations with artists including choreographer Marianna Kavallieratos (two of which featured Merce Cunningham / Lucinda Childs veteran, Meg Harper) and director Charles Chemin with performances at Onassis Centre, SNF, CPR Brooklyn, Spoleto Festival, Menagerie de Verre and the Berliner Festspiele among others. In summer 2019 he took part in staging workshops for BACH : 6 SOLO with Lucinda Childs and violinist Jennifer Koh.
His experimental radio works have been nominated for the Kriegsblinden and Karl Szcuka prizes and he was a collaborator with Robert Wilson and Hal Willner on the epic BBC/ARD radio play ‘Tower of Babel’ which won the Deutscher Hörspiel Preis der ARD. ‘Flying’ a video portrait of Lady Gaga (which he scored with Budgie) exhibited as part of Wilson’s ‘Living Rooms’ show at the Louvre in 2017 and in 2018 he composed music for Victoria Chaplin and Aurelia Thierée’s ‘Bells and Spells’, which was partly developed at The Coronet Theatre.
His latest project 'Vengeful Ghost' an immersive work for electric guitars is currently in development at Snape Maltings.