Feiler, Dror

b. August 31, 1951 - Tel Aviv, Israel

Swedish-Israeli composer and saxophonist. He has lived in Sweden since 1973. Dror Feiler studied new music and its interpretation at the Fylkingen Institute for New Music, musicology at the University of Stockholm and composition at the Music Academy of Stockholm with G. Buckt, Sven-David Sandström and Brian Ferneyhough. He describes himself as a music trasher , saxophone screamer and a computer terrorist.

Parallel to his activities as a composer he has since 1978 been playing on the sopranino, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. B-flat clarinet, basset horn, contra bass clarinet and computerized sound systems as a solo performer and in Lokomotive Konkret and The Too Much Too Soon Orchestra two music groups, of which he is the founder and artistic leader. He has taken part in radio recordings and concerts as a soloist or with his group in Europe, Asia and U.S.A.

Dror Feiler, with his ardent sense of vocation, must rank as one of Sweden's leading improvisation musicians and composers, and he campaigns for equality of status between improvised and pre-composed music.

He has collaborated with artist such as Hans Ola Ericsson, Mats Gustavson, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Charles Morrow, Sten Sandel, Phil Minton, Vladimir Tarasov, Juri Kusnetsov, Shoji Hano, Werner Lüdi, Blixa Bargeld, Zbigniew Karkowski, Merzbow, and V. Chekasin.

He was recently in the news because The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra refused to perform his piece 'Halat Hisar' (State of Siege) because the musicians felt it was too loud and would be adverse to their health. (you can read the article at guardian.co.uk)

He was also part of a controversial art installation called Snow White and The Madness of Truth which was vandalized by the Israel's ambassador to Sweden in 2004. (link to these articles on CBS News, and in this Wikipedia article)


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