Nicolás Jaar was born in New York and grew up in Santiago de Chile, the birthplace of his parents. Since 2008, he has released music under various guises spanning shades of
pop, ambient, noise, and club music. He has worked on soundtracks for Jacques Audiard ('Dheepan'), Pablo Larrain ('Ema'), and most recently Dea Kulumbegashvili ('Beginning'). He has performed at festivals such as Le Guess Who (2019), Unsound (2019 + 2020), Rewire (2019), Primavera (2014), and shown comissioned pieces/performances at Het Nieuwe Instituut (2020), Sharja Architecture Triennale (2019), Romaeuropa (2019), het Hem (2019), The Kitchen NY (2018), Oude Kerk (2018), and Moma Ps1 (2012). He is also a current member of performance ensemble ¡miércoles! alongside dancer and choreographer Stéphanie Janaina, and part of the band DARKSIDE alongside multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. In 2019, Jaar assembled a group of 12 researchers (Shock Forest Group) in order to explore the history and future of a military complex-turned art institution in the Netherlands. The resulting exhibition, entitled "No Camouflage' (het Hem, 2019) uncovered the myriad layers of accumulated colonial, ecological and institutional violence that interlink on the site through archival media findings, data gathering, performances and sound installations. Jaar is part of the team at Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, a grass-roots independent artist–run initiative founded in 2014 located in Bethlehem, Palestine. Jaar transformed Dar Jacir’s food shack into a sound studio where he has held sound workshops for children and artist residencies. He has also held workshops at RCA Architecture Program (2021), Werkplaats Typografie, NL (2019, alongside research group SFG), 4x4 festival (Chiapas), Sonar Barcelona (2012) and Berklee College of Music, US (2015). Since 2013, he has curated the Other People music label (www.other-people.net), releasing music by Lydia Lunch, John Wall, Pierre Bastien, Terepa collective (Kouhei Matsunaga, Laurel Halo, Lucrecia Dalt, Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Grégoire Simon, Julia Holter), William Basinski, Okokon, VTGNIKE, High Water, Lucrecia Dalt, Dave Harrington Group, Sary Moussa, Patrick Higgins and more. Other People has also featured the visual & audio work of artists Africanus Okokon, Jena Myung, Maziyar Pahlevan and Jaar. In 2017, The Network (www.other-people.network) a website of 111 fictional radio stations created by Jaar became a book, published by Printed Matter. In 2020, Other People began donating all of its profit revenue in forms of grants to artists, collectives and organizations around the world.
Nicolás' six studio albums are available for download on this link
All non-commercial use is permitted, this includes any student project and mid and low budget productions (film, theatre, dance, etc). Music producers and composers may (creatively!) sample the music for commercial use.
Three sets from the Radio Alhara Sonic Liberation Front broadcast here :
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