Kevin Toksöz Fairbairn

Toksoz Fairbairn photo credit Anna Lischka
Started in: 2016
End date: 2020
Musician type: wind
University: Leiden University
Nationality: United States

Photo by Anna Lischka

Kevin Toksöz Fairbairn is a performer, sound artist, and scholar working around the edges of installation, improvisation, composition, and craftsmanship. He is a regular guest of the premiere new music ensembles of the world, such as Klangforum Wien and Talea Ensemble, with whom he performs at preeminent festivals and concert halls worldwide. He is also a founding member of experimental chamber music groups hoodwink (with Winnie Huang), Blechtrommel (with Joao Carlos Pacheco), and les Trombones de Bale. As an accomplished instrument builder, he performs concerts and builds installations using a variety of instruments of his own design and construction. He publishes about sound studies, artistic research, and musicology, and has given masterclasses and lectures throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His recent book, dis/cord: Thinking Sound through Agential Realism, was published in 2022 by Punctum Books.

His docARTES doctoral defense took place on June 11, 2020 at Leiden University.


Poiesis and the Performance Practice of Physically Polyphonic Notations


Kevin Toksöz Fairbairn performs contemporary repertoire distinguished by physically decoupled notations or physical polyphonic notations, a unique and relatively recent trend in musical notation that notates physical actions instead of just notes.

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