Alec Goldfarb is an American composer, guitarist, artist, writer, and Indian classical musician based in NYC. Winner of Downbeat magazine’s 35th annual student composition award, he has worked with the Illinois Modern Ensemble & most recently with Jonah Bokaer Choreography as a guest composer on his production NEITHER (made possible by the Guggenheim). Alec’s art seeks universality through autobiography, taking the foundation of his heroes Lachenmann, Murail, and Feldman as an aesthetic starting point.
As a guitarist and performance artist, Alec is as familiar with Jen Shyu as he is Megadeth, and has performed in settings as wildly diverse as John Wetton, Mike Peters, Church Booty, and Klazz-ma-tazz. His latest performance piece, midwestern theatre – what porridge had john yeats explores boundless worlds: from the ramifications of aesthetic formalism to the impacts of substance abuse on college students, with the help of projections, silhouettes, a 10×10 scrim, and a 30ft projector (playing a piece of Alec’s video art). He has performing as a jazz guitarist around the tri-state area since age 14.
Beginning his studies in Jazz Performance at William Paterson, Alec went on to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Music Composition/Theory and Philosophy (studying with Erin Gee, Heinrich Taube, Erik Lund, and Stephen Taylor). For 3 years he has been an exponent of the Senia-Maihar gharana (Ust. Allaudin Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ust. Ali Akbar Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee) under Shri Anupam Shobhakar, having also studied with Pandit Samir Chatterjee. He is the first guitarist to perform the Senia style on an unmodified Western guitar. Alec also studies Latin and loves Murakami.