Alec Goldfarb is a Brooklyn based guitarist, composer, and Hindustani classical musician. Active in the NYC jazz and new music communities, his work explores musical traits as historical vestiges of migrations, colonialism, geographies, labor, ritual.
An exponent of the Seniya-Maihar Gharana, Alec performs Hindustani classical music across the globe on the guitar using a novel synthesis of sarod and sitar technique. In Spring 2020 he co-founded the Open Improvisations: Online Edition weekly series with Marina Kifferstein and Carrie Frey, and served as the inaugural composer in residence for Jonah Bokaer Choreography in 2018. He holds a masters degree in Music Composition from CUNY Brooklyn College and B.A.’s from the University of Illinois in Music Composition/Theory and Philosophy, is an alumnus of the Kimmel Center Creative Music Program, and is currently on faculty at NYC Guitar School.
Performances include Roulette Intermedium, the Kimmel Center, Asia Society NYC, The Joyce, and more. Summer 2023 will see a Southeast Asia tour as well as performances in Spain, Morocco, and Germany.
Current and future projects include Fire Lapping at the Creek, an NYFA grant funded album of sextet music that investigates the genesis of the blues set for release Spring 2023; What Grieves Frenzy Drown'd, an album length collection of solo string pieces feat. Marina Kifferstein, Carrie, Frey, and Mat Muntz (April 2022); a duo record with saxophonist Erin Rogers set for release Spring 2023; Laughing Coffin, Winter 2020; Vicente Hansen-Atria's Orlando Furioso (September 2022), Mat Muntz's Phantom Islands (early 2023), Phillip Golub's Abiding Memory (2023); a record of Hindustani Classical music (2023); a newly commissioned guitar with interchangeable just intonation and quarter tone fretboards.