Mike von der Nahmer is a composer, sound researcher, music psychotherapist, music dramaturge and creator and artistic director of MuTaDra (Music – Theater – Drama) home of transformative music theater.

Mike von der Nahmer

Mike is also an Artist in Residence at the SETI Institute AIR Program where he continues his sonification and theatrical projects among other artistic and scientific endeavors. The center of his work is the search and creation of the sonification of the mind, a (utopian) idea that might help us in the future to understand the complexities of the brain through an audible representation.

Among his many activities, Mike recently gave a presentation at the International Space University where he outlined his current Ph.D. research into data sonification. Mike is developing a system for air traffic controllers that enhances visual data with musical soundscapes. By pairing visual and acoustic information, he aims to guide the controller’s attention and thereby enhance comprehension and decision-making.

Mike is also an accomplished composer whose American/German/Cuban heritage influences the questions of identity, complexity, and transcendent connection that shape his music. He has written over 30 works for stage and over 100 works for concert and film. Many have received national/international awards and been performed around the world.

We hope to add several new recordings of Mike’s compositions to the Classical Archives Library. Please stay tuned. Until then, we know you will enjoy this performance of Mike’s very beautiful composition, “Angel in the Sky,” from a performance in 2020.