Tis Kaoru Zamler-Carhart (they/them) is a singer, writer, medievalist, and composer/designer.
Their artistic practice is reversible like an air conditioner. Sometimes it's forensic and dissects an existing object: this is their work as a medievalist and music historian. Sometimes it is toggled to output and making a design object: this is their work as a composer, designer, and writer.
Tis currently teaches medieval literature at Eugene Lang College (The New School) in New York, and has previously taught in other colleges of The New School: music at Mannes, and speculative design at Parsons. Tis also used to teach medieval music and Latin at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Their research interests include music and poetry and/as multimedia design, trans(ient) identities, time travel, linguistics, Africa and its diaspora, textiles, intersectional experiences of gender, Byzantine and Late Antiquity studies.
Their first book "The Goths & Other Stories" is published by Punctum Books. Their second book "The Diary of Anna Comnena, or the Very Political Adventures of a Transgender Byzantine Princess in African Elevators" is forthcoming.
Several composers have written operas and song cycles for their voice: Jason Cady, Andrew Noseworthy, Samn Johnson, Kyle Tieman-Strauss. They are also the vocalist of the improv band Zamler-Carhart Rauh Greenberg. The band's new album "Mots Ricos" is published by CCR/Naxos. Their latest Afro-Medieval textile project reimagined 5th-century Ostrogoth cloaks in chitenge fabric in Lusaka, Zambia,
They hold a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in linguistics from Stanford University, an MMus in composition from University of London (Royal Holloway), a Diploma in composition from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, and a double major BA in linguistics and philosophy from Stanford University.