George Rahi (b 1987, Philadelphia) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. He uses self-created and altered instruments as a method of exploring the intersections between acoustic and digital technologies, modes of listening, and spatial and architectural thinking. His work spans installation, instrument making, composition, solo + ensemble performance, and works for radio, theatre + public spaces. He has presented throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He holds an MFA from Simon Fraser University and is the recipient of the 2018 R. Murray Schafer Soundscape award.

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2019    MFA, Simon Fraser, School for the Contemporary Arts
2011    BA. Honours, University of British Columbia

selected performances + installations

2023    AGGREGATE Festival, Berlin
2023    lab30 Festival, Augsburg
2023    Orgelpark, Amsterdam

2022    The Future of Landscape, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
2022    Mirabell Gardens, Institute for New Music, Salzburg
2022    Open Ears Festival, Trillium Lutheran Church, Kitchener
2022    Vancouver New Music, Pacific Spirit United Church
2021    Wonderment Festival, Garden City Electronic Music Society, Victoria
2020    Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, AGGREGATE concert series, Köln, Germany
2019    Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, Osaka University of Arts, Japan
2019    Modulus Festival, Music on Main, Vancouver, Canada
2019    In-Vitro: Artificial Sonification Exhibition, Matera, Italy
2019    Regenerative Feedback Festival, WORM, Rotterdam
2019    Fusebox Festival, Austin, USA
2019    Jogjakarta Noise Festival, Indonesia
2019    Pacific Spirit United Church, Vancouver, Canada
2018    Canadian Music Centre, Toronto, Canada
2018    SPEKTRUM, Berlin, Germany
2018    Global Composition, Darmstadt, Germany
2017    Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
2017    VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2017    World New Music Days, International Society for Contemporary Music, Vancouver
2017    Barnett Hall with UBC Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, UBC, Vancouver
2016    Mechanical Music Festival, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver
2016    Big Joy Festival, Vancouver
2016    Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016    Bass Piano Concert Series, Western Front, Vancouver


2022     Lab30 Festival Audience Award, Augsburg
2020     Canada Council for the Arts Guest of Honour, Frankfurt
2019     British Columbia Arts Council, Early Career Development Award
2018     R. Murray Schafer Soundscape Award
2018     Glenfraser Endowment Research Award in Acoustic Communication
2018     Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Award
2017     Simon Fraser University Service Award
2016     British Columbia Arts Council, Media Arts Grant


2023     AIR-Artist in Residence Niederösterreich, Krems, Austria
2022     Lobe Spatial Sound Studio, Vancouver
2022     hcma architecture, Vancouver
2021     Locus Sonus Research Group, Aix Marseille University
2019     EMS (Elektronmusik Studion), Stockholm
2019     Roundhouse Centre for the Arts, Vancouver
2019     Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar
2017     Beyond Spectacle, SFU Institute for the Humanities
2015     Hadden Park Fieldhouse, Vancouver Park Board (2015–18)

talks + presentations

2023     Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures, Harvard University Department of Music
2022     FutureStops Festival, Toronto
2022     Rocky Mountain Balinese Gamelan Festival, Denver
2019     Modulus Festival, Music on Main, Vancouver
2018     Sound Thinking Symposium, Surrey Art Gallery
2017     Colloquium Series, Simon Fraser School for the Contemporary Arts
2015     Guest Lecture, World Music Program, Djavad Mowafaghian Art Centre, SFU