Natacha Diels’ work combines ritual, improvisation, video, traditional instrumental practice and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease. Recent work includes a piece for construction cranes, premiered at the Borealis Festival and continuation of a series of nightmares for performers. With a focus on choreographed movement, cynical play and a wide array of DIY electronics, Diels’ compositions have been described as “a fairy tale for a fractured world” (Music We Care About) and “fantastic playful modern chamber music full of magic and wit” (Vital Weekly).
Diels is a founding member of the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse (est. 2003). In 2009 she co-founded the performance duo On Structure with Jessie Marino. Pamplemousse specializes in unique aspects of composition and new music, from complex virtuosic instrumental performance to experimental theater to electronic and robotic performance. On Structure is a sound-centric highly choreographed paradoxically improvisatory collaboration project, performing whenever travel paths collide.
She teaches composition and computer music at the University of California, San Diego/USA.