Howie Kenty is a Brooklyn-based composer and sound designer, occasionally known by his musical alter-ego, Hwarg. His music, called “remarkable” with “astonishing poetic power” by the International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica, is stylistically diverse, encompassing ideas from contemporary classical, electronic, rock, sound art, theatre, and everything in between, occasionally with visual and theatrical elements. Throughout all of his creations runs the idea that the experience of a piece is more than listening to the music; there is a wholeness of vision and an awareness of environment that attempts to fully draw the audience into his works. Besides regularly premiering pieces internationally, serving as an executive producer of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, teaching, and working with artists like DJ Spooky and Amanda Palmer, Howie plays guitar in the progressive rock band The Benzene Ring. He is currently a Graduate Council Fellow ABD PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, studying with Matthew Barnson, Margaret Schedel, Sheila Silver, and Daniel Weymouth.
Howie's Scherzo; Dance. received an Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica 2008, and his We Have Less Time Than You Think won a first prize commission at Shanghai Electronic Music Week 2013. After performing his An Impetuous Old Friend in the 2013 Concert Artist Guild Competition, PUBLIQuartet was awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and chosen as the New Music/New Places Ensemble. Recent recognition includes residencies at the Copland House (2017), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2018), and the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (2019), as well as first prize commission in the 2017 Null-state Chaosflöte competition and competition winner in both the 2018 Open Space Festival of New Music and the 2018 RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop. Hear more at www.hwarg.com.