Telo Herzl Hoy is a composer and percussionist from Santa Fe, NM based in Queens, NY.
His music is influenced by the acoustics of natural and built environments, the physicality of manufactured and non-manufactured materials, and the ways in which humans have altered how materials and environments interact. He works with acoustic instruments, analog electronics, and field recordings to develop pattern-based music that can be characterized as chordal, melodic, and textural.
As a percussionist, he has performed in numerous ensembles, premiering new compositions and improvising across experimental music, classical music, and jazz music. He has performed at Rockwood Music Hall (New York City), The Bowery Electric (New York City), Heaven Can Wait (New York City), The Living Gallery (Brooklyn), Compound Yellow (Chicago), Currents 826 Gallery (Santa Fe), Form & Concept Gallery (Santa Fe), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe), Prachtwerk (Berlin), and Mengi (Reykjavík).
As a film composer, he approaches composing by utilizing a contained instrumental pallet to create nuanced, textural, and stark scores that work with themes, patterns, and electronic processing.
His scores have shown in films at Nòt Film Festival (Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy), Wicked Queer Film Festival (Boston), Soho Horror Fest (London), and Rio Festival de Cinema LGBTQIA+ (Rio de Janeiro). His sound exhibitions have shown at Currents 826 Gallery (Santa Fe) and Beckoning Path Retreat Center (Armonk, NY). His music has been performed by The Switch~ Ensemble.
As the Co-Founder of The Documentarian Magazine, a triannual magazine focusing on artistic documentary in writing, photography, illustration, and sound, he is the photography and sound editor, graphic designer, website designer, and a contributing writer.
He works as an Audio Visual Technician in New York specializing in systems setup, live engineering, projection, and sound design. He is available for freelance composition, sound design, and A/V projects.
Telo holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Bard College.
photographs by Fyodor Shiryaev