Workshop at International Symposium on Ubiquitous Music: 2.-4.11.2023

Nyokabi Kariũki and Alex Hofmann will present a “Workshop on Body Percussion and Live-Electronics” at the three-day International Symposium on Ubiquitous Music to be held at Derry~Londonderry campus and partner venues between 2nd - 4th November.


This workshop focuses on the artistic perspectives of Nyokabi Kariũki, a composer and performer from Nairobi, Kenya, who uses voice and body percussion to explore the complexities of post-colonial African identity, and Alex Hofmann, a live-electronics performer and researcher investigating questions of live-electronic performance preparation strategies. The workshop encourages participants to actively explore body percussion playing techniques and to develop new concepts for combining body percussion with live electronics.

Nyokabi Kariũki is a Kenyan composer and sound artist based between Kenya and the United States. Her sonic imagination is ever-evolving, spanning across genres from classical contemporary and experimental-electronic music, to sound art, pop, film, and (East) African musical traditions. She performs with the piano, voice, electronics, and on several instruments from the African continent. Her concert works have been performed by notable ensembles such as Cello Octet Amsterdam and Third Coast Percussion, and she has received commissions from BBC Radio 3, Heartland Marimba, and more. Released in February 2022, her debut EP, ‘peace places: kenyan memories’ (SA Recordings) was described as “deft” (The Quietus) and “transcendent” (The Guardian), with Bandcamp highlighting seeing her as “becoming a crucial voice in contemporary composition and experimental music.” Nyokabi seeks to create meaningful and challenging art, illuminated by a commitment to the preservation and reflection on African thought, language and stories. Website: