Derek Piotr (b. 1991) is a folklorist, performer and composer based in New England, whose work focuses primarily on the human voice. His work covers practices including fieldwork, vocal performance, preservation, and autoethnography; and is primarily concerned with tenderness, fragility, beauty and brutality. He has collaborated with artists including Scott Solter, Don’t DJ, and Thomas Brinkmann across various disciplines. His work has been supported by the North Carolina Folklife Institute, and has featured on UbuWeb and BBC.

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press quotes:

“hauntingly raw folk…saved from obscurity” – Boomkat
“futuristic folk music that’s incredibly accessible” – Toneshift
“highly original” – Bleep
“a restless intelligence” – PopMatters
“a deft understanding of folk traditions” – Entropy Magazine
“one-of-a-kind sound” – XLR8R

press images:

by matty bovan


by cal evan


by alex weber

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