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Aaron Michael Smith (Непомняще) is a composer, violist and artist currently based in Boston, MA. Aaron is interested in exploring the way that various practices and mediums overlap, reflect and contradict one another. He is often engaged in collaborations with filmmakers, visual artists, philosophers, poets and other musicians. 
A large part of his practice since 2012 has been making experimental films which have gone on to be featured at numerous international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Atlanta Film Festival and the Chicago Underground Film Festival, garnering awards at festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival and the Marseille Underground Film Festival, to name a few.
Aaron has presented his work, given lectures on electronic music and held multimedia workshops at various institutions including the New Orleans Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Universidad Austral de Chile Acoustics Institute.
Aaron is a co-curator, along with Jordan Kokot, of
field|guide, a collaborative multimedia art project releasing in print and digitally annually.
In 2021, Aaron began a podcast,
plink plonk, with Berlin-based composer, Georg Hilmarsson, in which they analyze music that they are influenced by and interview fellow composers and musicians.
Aaron is one half of
grein, an experimental improv duo, with Jay Rauch. Aaron is also one half of G R I M M E R, an electronic duo, with André Mestre. He releases solo albums on Bandcamp under the name, UN/NO.


Education:
Aaron completed a Master’s in music composition at Boston University with Joshua Fineberg and Rodney Lister.  
While at BU, Aaron participated in lessons, workshops, masterclasses, readings and recordings with Liza Lim, Patricia Alessandrini, Klaus Lang, Fred Lerdahl, Philippe Leroux, JACK Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Ashot Sarkissjan, Giacomo Baldelli and Sound Icon.
Previously he graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, receiving degrees in music composition and viola performance, including a minor in electronic music. In the summers of 2014 & 2017 he participated in summer workshops at IRCAM in Paris. He is currently on the composition faculty at the NEC Prep School and teaches violin, viola and composition privately.

Latest releases:

Playland --- debut feature-length film dir. by Georden West & prod. by Artless Media premiering at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on Feb. 2, 2023

thusness   --- release of piece for oboe, percussion and electronics recorded by Catherine & Michael Weinfield-Zell

   --- series of digital images made for Peach Magazine Season 7 

break me   --- solo release with recordings from residency sessions w/ JACK Quartet & Ashot Sarkissjan 

Non-Event At Home Program 94   ---  video/audio work for Non-Event's at Home web series
Showtime --- fifth short-film collaboration with Michael Fleming

Upcoming projects to be released soon:

UN/NO   ---  new solo release, rehear, out soon on Bandcamp

Here we are constantly banging to try and come through the other side.--- video / audio / text / booklet release as grein 

Étude 3a: Nocturne --- first short-film collab w/ Grace Byron for Artless Media 

seeme, --- digital audio & video releases of live grein + Jonathan Rodriguez show at 2220 Arts + Archive in LA (to be released on Gilded Records)

The Folder --- short film collab w/ Orr Menirom

anacapa   ---  fifth short-film collaboration with Russell Sheaffer
(see OTHER for more informal bio and other stuff about me)