OUR TEAM

Alf Bishai
Alf Bishai
founder/artistic director
Alf is a composer and music director in New York City. He has taught classical theory and ear-training at NYU since 2001. One evening at the symphony, after witnessing (yet again) an audience of intelligent New Yorkers feebly applaud a new composition that had plunged them into observable misery only moments before, the idea struck him that something very deep was wrong. Since then, he has been obsessed with understanding the absurdities, prejudices and self-defeating practices of classical music culture, and with figuring out how we may be rid of them. The Ear is the fruit of a decade of thinking, arguing, writing, wrangling, experimenting, and searching for kindred spirits. Alf lives in Manhattan and will never move, ever.
Daniela Holban
Daniela Holban
Artist Liaison
Daniela is a curator and arts manager in New York City. She has worked in museums, art galleries and non profits since 2007. As long as she can remember, the creative nature of humanity has been her most ardent interest. She’s constantly seeking the next art piece that will shake the world to its roots, or at least shake hers. Music is the language she can’t read or write, yet she finds most powerful to experience. She’s excited to be part of something that will reboot classical and present the world with new magic. She finds inspiration in creative communities, innovative development and cultural revolutions. Daniela lives in Manhattan but travels as often as she can, especially to Brooklyn.
Hampus Svard
Hampus Svard
Communications Director
Hampus was raised in the quaint and quiet village of Sundborn, Dalarna, the heart of Sweden. Here he found inspiration during cold dark winter months making music in his basement. Largely influenced by strong cultural ties to local folklore music, Hampus chose the violin as his first instrument. He traded it in for a guitar at the age of 13, then traded that in for vocal chords and a pencil. Hampus spent most of his early-mid 20’s traveling the world studying foreign languages and cultures. He has lived in Norway, Australia, Cuba, Central America and Italy. In Florence he met his wife who imported him to the U.S. They currently reside in New York City with their two dogs. Hampus also pursues a career in fashion modeling, putting both his hands and haircut to work.