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Ilya Ziblat’s work integrates composition and improvisation and uses a combination of instruments and live electronics. Through interdisciplinary collaborations involving text, dance, visual and video art, he explores new means of expression beyond the purely musical. Ilya plays contrabass and bass guitar both as an improviser and as a performer of composed repertoire.


As a composer-performer Ilya Ziblat’s musical practice is centered on the exploration of sonic horizons through the embodied entangled encounter between musician and instrument. Ilya approaches composition-improvisation as mutual questioning of musician and instrument in real time. The liveness of the encounters staged in his work, invites audiences to act as witnesses to the joining of performer and instrument in a scene of embodied and material invention.


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.