Dom Bouffard is a London born, Anglo-French guitarist, composer and sound-maker of Pied Noir descent, who’s work focuses on experimental approaches to the electric guitar using extended techniques and prepared instruments. This ‘fractured punk’ approach draws on the instrument's unique cultural and sonic DNA, its rebel mythology and DIY / non-written heritage, expressed through improvisation, composition and hybrid processes, produced as recordings, performances, installations, audiovisual and inter-medial / interdisciplinary work and also through a parallel drawing practice connected to experiments with graphic and other experimental forms of scoring. Bouffard’s work treats sounds as physical materials with which to activate spaces, often exploring themes relating to trauma, permission and identity. Pop Matters have called him ‘a writer and musician of both combustible aggression and intense, mathematical precision.’
A member of two UK alternative rock bands, Sona Fariq and Queen Adreena, in the early 2000’s, Bouffard has worked with Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Daniel Hope, Coco Rosie and Budgie. Projects in theatre and contemporary dance have included collaborations with Robert Wilson, Victoria Chaplin, Marianna Kavallieratos and Charles Chemin, while Bouffard’s radio works have been shortlisted for the Karl Szcuka and Kriegsblinden prizes. ’Tower of Babel’, a collaboration with Robert Wilson, won the 2017 Deutscher Hörspielpreis.
Bouffard's compositions have been performed by major interpreters including Ludi Quartet Kernow and Sergio Sorrentino, with work exhibited and performed at Musée du Louvre, Berliner Festspieler, The Watermill Center and CPR (NY), Menagerie de Verre (Paris) and National Theatre Craiova (Romania) among others. Bouffard recently created iterations of an immersive performance, Vengeful Ghost, at Snape Maltings’ Festival of New (with collaborators including Lia Mice) and at Sevil Dolmaci Gallery, Istanbul.
Dom has an MMus Creative Practice (Music) from Goldsmiths University of London.