Yair Elazar Glotman

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Yair Elazar Glotman
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Born1987 (age 36–37)
Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Composer
  • Musician
  • Sound artist
  • Double bass
  • Bass guitar
  • Gimbri
  • Guitar
Years active2018-present
  • Deutsche Grammophon
  • 130701
  • Bedroom Community
  • Miasmah
  • Subtext
Associated acts
  • Blessed Initiative
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Mats Erlandsso
  • Viktor Orri Árnason
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  • Meisterschule degree
  • Electroacoustic composition
Alma mater
  • Berlin University of the Arts
  • Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Yair Elazar Glotman (born 1987) is a composer and musician based in Berlin.

He releases his own music and composes film scores, most recently A24’s “False Positive” (co-composed with Lucy Railton) and Johann Johannsson’s film “Last and First Men” (co-composed with Johann Johannsson)[1]. In addition, he collaborates and contributes double bass recordings for other composers, including Hildur Guðnadóttir[2][3], Ben Frost and Geoff Barrow. His musical output within these various mediums and collaborations is strongly anchored in his training as an orchestral double bass player and in electroacoustic composition.

Early life

Glotman was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He started his musical education at the age of eight, initially on the classical guitar and bass guitar. He later took up the double bass and received both jazz and classical music training[4]. Between 2006-2008 he studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, then moved to Berlin to study orchestral double bass[5] at the Berlin University of the Arts[6] under Prof. Michael Wolf. He later expanded his studies to include electroacoustic composition as well as media and sound art. He completed his Meisterschule degree in 2015.

Musical career

In recent years, Glotman has been increasingly composing for film and media[7], all the while continuing to release music under his own name[8][9] and in collaboration with other composers.

Film and TV score work

Glotman’s work for film has included co-composing “False Positive” [10]with Lucy Railton, an A24 production written by Ilana Glazer and John Lee. In 2018, he began collaborating with the influential, late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson on his directorial debut "Last and First Men"[11], developing the film score and recording for him. Glotman also worked with him as additional music composer[12] for “Mandy”[13] (2018) and recorded for other projects. After his passing, he was tasked with co-composing and producing the score of "Last and First Men"[14][15]. The film premiered at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020[16], and the soundtrack album was released by Deutsche Grammophon[17].

Solo work

Under his own name, Glotman has released music that is directly tied to his training and relationship with the double bass[18]. Études (2015, Subtext)[19] was an attempt at disrupting the learned habits of playing a classical instrument and exploring hidden resonances, physical vibrations, and the outer edges of the instrument's acoustic dynamic range. Compound (2017, Subtext)[20] [21] expands these experiments to a trio, adding pianist Rieko Okuda and percussionist Marcello Silvio Busato into the musical conversation.

Glotman’s solo projects include "KETEV"[22], a dark techno / Ambient project under which he released albums on the labels Opal Tapes[23], Where To Now? and Portals Editions[24]. In addition, he has released under "Blessed Initiative"[25], an Electroacoustic project on the label Subtext.


Glotman has worked closely with musical collaborators[26]. Together with Swedish composer Mats Erlandsson[27] he has released two albums[28], and with Icelandic violinist and composer Viktor Orri Árnason he has released an album on the Icelandic Label Bedroom Community[29].


Title Album details
Nimbes (with James Ginzburg)
  • Released: January 11, 2014
  • Label: Subtext
KETEV (as Ketev)
  • Released: March 29, 2014
  • Label: Opal Tapes
Northern Gulfs
Singular Stare (as Ketev)
  • Released: July 25, 2015
  • Label: Subtext
Traces Of Weakness (as KETEV)
I Know No Weekend (as KETEV)
Blessed Initiative

(as Blessed Initiative)

  • Released: October 18, 2016
  • Label: Subtext
Negative Chambers

(with Mats Erlandsson)

  • Released: July 13, 2018
  • Label: Miasmah
  • Released: October 6, 2017
  • Label: Subtext

(with Viktor Orri Árnason)

  • Released: August 30, 2019
  • Label: Bedroom Community
Last And First Men

(with Jóhann Jóhannsson)

  • Released: February 28, 2020
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon

(with Mats Erlandsson)

  • Released: May 15, 2020
  • Label: 130701 / Fatcat


Year Film Director Credits
2020 False Positive John Lee Composer
2019 Last And First Men[30] Jóhann Jóhannsson Composer
2018 Mandy[31] Panos Cosmatos Composer, additional music
2018 My Unknown Soldier[32] Anna Kryvenko Composer

In the media



  1. "'Last and First Men': Film Review | Berlin 2020". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  2. "Joker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", Wikipedia, 2020-05-03, retrieved 2020-05-03
  3. Shalev, Ben (2020-03-19). "Revisintg the Composer Whose Music Would Make Perfect Quarantine Soundtrack". Haaretz. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  4. "Can Electronic Music Make Classical Music Great Again?". Telekom Electronic Beats. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  5. "Yair Elazar Glotman: I realized that I fell in love with the idea and not the actual thing". Sounds Of A Tired City. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  6. "Ketev's speculative memory". Shape. 2015-09-22. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  7. "Review: Last and First Men". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  8. "Listen: Yair Elazar Glotman live recording - The Wire". The Wire Magazine - Adventures In Modern Music. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  9. "Yair Elazar Glotman | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  10. "False Positive (film)", Wikipedia, 2020-05-03, retrieved 2020-05-03
  11. 2020-02-25T14:30:00+00:00. "'Last And First Men': Berlin Review". Screen. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  12. "The final work from Jóhann Jóhannsson is a soundtrack to the Nicolas Cage-starring film Mandy". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  13. "Jóhann Jóhannsson - Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Translucent Red Vinyl]". www.invada.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  14. Shalev, Ben (2020-03-19). "Revisintg the Composer Whose Music Would Make Perfect Quarantine Soundtrack". Haaretz. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  15. Lodge, Guy; Lodge, Guy (2020-03-07). "'Last and First Men': Film Review". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  16. "Last and First Men". www.berlinale.de. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  17. "LAST AND FIRST MEN Jóhannsson". www.deutschegrammophon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  18. "Stream Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson's Negative Chambers". FACT Magazine. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  19. "Premiere: Stream Yair Elazar Glotman's Album Études in Full". XLR8R. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  20. "Stream Yair Elazar Glotman's Evocative New Album in Full". XLR8R. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  21. "Stream Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson's Negative Chambers". FACT Magazine. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  22. Cornils, Kristoffer (2016-06-22). "KETEV: A Reasonable Amount Of Discipline". Groove (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  23. "The Attic: Ketev - I Know No Weekend - Music Review". The Attic. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  24. "The Quietus | Reviews | Ketev". The Quietus. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  25. "Blessed Initiative: Blessed Initiative". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  26. "Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson – Procession". Headphone Commute. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  27. "The Quietus | Reviews | Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson". The Quietus. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  28. "Stream Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson's Negative Chambers". FACT Magazine. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  29. "Vast, by Viktor Orri Árnason and Yair Elazar Glotman". Viktor Orri Árnason and Yair Elazar Glotman. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  30. "Last and First Men". www.berlinale.de. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  31. "How Jóhann Jóhannsson's Final Film Score Was Made". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  32. "My Unknown Soldier · DOK Leipzig". DOK Leipzig. Retrieved 2020-05-03.

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