Diana Combo has been exploring sound and music across many creative, often multidisciplinary contexts, since 2007. Moving through academia (B.A. in Sound and Image, M.A. in Music Arts), in her home country of Portugal and abroad, she has been combining a conceptual perspective on sonic work-making with a DIY ethos to achieve an exciting, experimental approach to audio recording and performance. Using turntablism and sound appropriation practices, editing and sound design, composition and interpretation, installation, and video, among others, her work balances folk storytelling with noise and improvised soundscapes.
In concert halls, cinemas, residencies, and workshops, whether working solo or in collaboration, the boundaries between creative disciplines and forms, and those between the individual and the collective, have been constantly questioned and diluted in my practice.
She worked as sound art and music curator at Teatro do Bairro Alto, in Lisbon, for the past 2 years. Since she quits this position, during the first lockdown, Diana has been learning tombak, daf, and tanbur, and the vocal traditions from Persian, Arabic, and Kurdish music with dedicated masters.