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Ilya Ziblat’s work integrates composition and improvisation and draws on a wide range of influences and traditions: avant-garde, experimental music, and free-improvisation. Most of his works use a combination of instruments and live electronics. Ilya plays contrabass and bass guitar both as an improviser and as a performer of composed repertoire.


As a composer Ilya Ziblat’s musical practice is centered on the exploration of sonic horizons through the embodied entangled encounter between musician, instrument, and musical material. Ilya approaches composition-improvisation as mutual questioning of human and musical factors in real time. The liveness of the encounters staged in his work, invites audiences to witness the interaction between performers and musical elements.


As a performer, Ilya specializes in improvisation and experimental music. He enjoys exploring different performance situations, including free improvisation and interpretation of notated works. He is often performing his own works which feature a hybrid of improvisation, notation, and live-electronics systems.


After studying composition and contrabass in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv University) he moved to the Netherlands, obtaining his Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. In 2019 he obtained a PhD degree from Leiden University with his thesis Between Freedom and Fixity: Artistic Reflections on Composition and Improvisation.