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Yair Elazar Glotman is a composer and a musician based in Berlin.
Glotman trained in classical music as an orchestral contrabass player and in electroacoustic composition. His current focus is mostly in film composition, where he has collaborated on two oscar-winning soundtracks (”Joker” and “All Quiet on the Western Front”). His work for film as well as his independent musical releases are informed by both classical and electroacoustic traditions, and employs a range of improvisation, extended contrabass techniques, and a special interest in textural and spatial compositions and in combining analog and digital processing.
Glotman’s compositions for film and media began through his close work with the influential, late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, most notably writing additional music for “Mandy” (2018) and co-composing “Last and First Men” (2020). He scored the A24 production "False Positive" together with cellist Lucy Railton (2021). Most recently, he scored the Netflix production “Reptile” (2023) starring Benicio del Toro. In addition, he has worked with composers Hildur Guðnadóttir, Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka), Ben Frost, Chris Clark, Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, Dustin O'halloran, and others. In addition to film and TV, he has composed for dance performances and Opera, most notably designing the Soundtrack for the Royal Opera House in London’s production “Mamzer” (2018) by Na'ama Zisser.
Alongside his work for film, Glotman regularly releases and performs his own music, under his own name as well as under projects such as KETEV and collaborations with composers Mats Erlandsson and Viktor Orri Árnason. His work has been released on notable labels including Deutsche Grammophon,130701/Fatcat, Bedroom Community, Miasma and Subtext. He has played at various music and arts venues around the world, including MaerzMusik, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Volksbuehne, CTM festival, Steirischer Herbst and Atonal festival.
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