Amar Chaudhary(CatSynth) is a longtime composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music, an artist, and a developer of advanced software for creativity. He is actively involved in local electronic and experimental music in the San Francisco Bay Area, and performs regularly. His recent music involves experimentation with new sounds and sound-synthesis/processing techniques and new modes of musically expressive performance. He is also interested in the use of folk instruments and toy instruments in electro-acoustic music. In addition to solo work, he currently composes and performs in the group Reconnaissance Fly where he gets to return to his roots playing jazz and rock keyboard.
Amar studied composition first with Ruth Schonthal at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in New York from 1983 to 1991, and then at Yale University from 1991 to 1995. Amar had his music performed internationally and has received several honors for his musical work, including a 1992 premier of his clarinet quartet Conversational Impromptu at Weill Recital Hall in New York and the 1990 NGCSA Young Composers Award for Earth Songs. Amar received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. While at Berkeley, Amar was a researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and developed advanced software for music composition and performance.
In addition to his musical work, Amar maintains a deep interest in modern and contemporary art in several media as a creator, consumer and supporter. And he is the author and proprietor of the website CatSynth.com.