Bana Haffar is an artist who explores live modular synthesizer performance. Prior to switching over to synthesizers, she played bass professionally in Los Angeles, as a touring and session musician. Through modular synthesis, Bana is attempting to dismantle years of institutional ‘conditioning’ in traditional systems of music theory and rediscover sound. Haffar is also the co-creator of Modular on the Spot, a monthly outdoor synth happening that began on the Los Angeles river and has since spread to many cities across the United States.
Bana is part of Forthwith’s edition of Modular On The Spot: Modular On The Spot is an outdoor modular synthesizer picnic founded in Los Angeles by Eric ‘Rodent’ Cheslak and Bana Haffar. The idea came about on a camping trip to Arizona in 2014 where the two set up a generator, speakers, and a modular synthesizer at an off grid location in the middle of the desert. The format was then brought to the Los Angeles river where it has resided, largely uninterrupted, for almost 3 years. The event has resonated with modular aficionados and has since spread, through local initiative, to over 13 cities across the United States.
Listen to Bana’s music here: