Ali Phi is computer artist and musician from Tehran, Iran.
With a background in environmental engineering sciences & experimental cinematic arts, His experiences in media arts started with the project ‘Elemaun’ in 2008 by audio-visual performances.
The flow of his works is based on programming , generative audio-visual design, interactive media & immersive environment installations which depict the relation between geometry, science, light, poetry and their transformations in computer.
Exploring rituals & roots in Persian art, culture and architecture has affected his creations by taking motifs from old era of Persia, the forgotten essence of Iran & middle-eastern lifestyle to build his futuristic utopia.
He is the founder of ‘nullsight’, a media art collective in Tehran and freelance festival curator of ‘TADAEX’ since 2014.
He has performed and exhibited his works in international festivals like Ars Electronica, Tasmeem Doha, Patchlab & Tadaex beside 20 group exhibitions, 4 solo shows and several media art installations in public spaces.
Ali Phi is computer artist and musician from Tehran, Iran.
Alin Joharchi professionally known as Allin is a guitarist singer and songwriter born in Sep 1998 based in Tehran.
There are Indie folk single track and an Indie folk Indie rock album, and electronic, Hip Hop and R&B SIngles under his name.
Anna Sharifi, a Danish-Iranian former jazz singer turned Berliner with a bent towards the
electronic club scene met fellow-Dane Nina Branner, an indie rocker by heart, in 2015.
Together they have created a new kind of raw “club-pop”, where industrial beats, playful
organ, synthesizer and powerful vocals merge.
“The band doesn’t chase easy solutions or empty hooks but, on the contrary, content:
Good songs and exiting productions,” wrote the music magazine GAFFA.
The past two years, uon has made appearances on small and big stages in Copenhagen
and Berlin, and have built up a loyal dance audience at their home stage “It’s a BAR” in
Early in 2018 Kirstine Kjeldsen, a musician, sound artist and sound designer, joined uon
to play a line of concerts, the first being Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July 2018. The
band thus performs as a duo or a trio depending on the location and circumstances.
Born in 1990 in Hamedan. He has started playing Piano from 1994, and composing, Sound editing and Sound designing in Films, Series, Teasers, Document Films, Theatre and composing music For “International Festivals” from 2006 to 2016.
From 2016 he has started to Compose, writing Songs, Conducting, arranging and playing keyboard and piano in Pop, Jazz, Rock, fusion genres and now working in two Bands “10or trio” as piano and keyboard player and “Madaar” as main member, producer, song writer, composer, arranger, piano and keyboard player .
Born in 1993, I began to teach myself how to paint at the age of 6, trying to copy as many cartoon and film characters from my childhood and tried different fields and styles throughout the years, such as comic, graffiti, caricature, surreal, psychedelic,etc.
Being a musician and drummer myself and knowing many local and international bands/artists, have worked with different artists/bands, including : Sean Lennon, The Black Lips, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, The Muckers, King Raam, The Lemonoise, The Machinez, Pond, Suburbian Rex, Jetpack, Bomrani, Tame Werewolf, Psychic Bloom, The Finches, Khardal and of cousrse House No.4 and more.
One thing that has remained with me is my obsession with pop culture, which fuels my work, and my endless desire to be panoramic and multi-dimensional drives me to new frontiers everyday.
Mixing different cultures, science-fiction, futuristic themes and vintage forms are usually the cornerstone of my works.
Ash is a singer, songwriter, and producer. He started recording demos of his music in 2009. He released a couple of singles such as, Use it and Wasted(ft.Meshcut).
In 2017 he founded the alternative/indie trio band, Chikitaz, the band released their debut EP “About colors” on July 2018, the following year chikitaz performed a number of live shows in Tehran.
Ash is currently collaborating with various artists and working on his debut EP.
Ayyoub Saeidi (Maghami Musician)(Iran) born in 1980 , began learning Dotar from Mohammad Yeganeh at the age of six and was fortunate in becoming a student of the infamous Haj Ghorban Soleymani during his teen years.
In 2001 , he joined the Northern Khorasan music group and was able to appear among artists such as Hossein Valinejad, Jafaar Rahmani, Fardin Gholami, Gol nabat and Barat Moghimi, and many more. Currently, he is a Dotar instructor in Mashhad and Tehran and is a representative of musical arts in (anjoman senfi) in the city of ghoochan.
Azarakhsh Farahani. Born in 1981 in tehran has majored in painting at the university . He is the founder and organizer of KouchNeshin music band. Azarakhsh has organized several concerts in and out of Iran with KouchNeshin band and individually. He has also published a musical album, some single tracks and a collection of movie and play music soundtracks. Azarakhsh has held 7 individual caricature exhibitions in iran, the USA , Freance , Belgium and Germany ,and won some awards at international festivals. He acted as the main role in 4 short and long movies and was the candidate of the best actor awards in Fajr Festival and the association of Cinema Autors and Critics if Iran.
Bahram Deyjourian (Ney Player)(Iran) was born on 1972, in Hamedan, Iran. He started playing Ney (Persian end-blown flute) under the supervision of Maestro Masoud Freidooni, 1988. Then, Collaboration continuance with Milad music band with supervision and composition of Maestro Masoud Freidooni as a Ney player since 1990. Afterwards, he became Ney soloist of Hamedan radio and television since 1991.
In addition, he started to learn playing Piano and theory of music under the supervision of Dr. Amir Shayanian, 1993.
Subsequently, he synchronized in various music bands in different styles and cooperation with theater groups as a music player and composer.
All of these experiences led him to start busking and continuous journeys and holding instructional workshops and numerous individual and collective performances and concerts in Iran, Armenia, Afghanistan, Georgia, Turkey, and Tunisia, and field research about world music since 2010.
Alongside traditional performing of Persian music in recent years, Bahram Deyjourian has been always looking for experiencing companionship between traditional modal and folk music with other nations music and also western music; experiments like compilations fusion music and electronic experimental, jazz and folk.
In addition to playing the Ney and singing, he is also familiar with playing other instruments such as wind instruments including, Bamboo saxophone, Clarinet, local Flutes. Also, some other instruments such as Setar, Tanbur and Jew’s harp.
Behrang Shahinpar, Born in 1986 in a Turk family in Tehran. He is a self-educated musician with a sense for listening to and living with music. For him, playing music to get the feeling of meaningfulness is one phase of his spirit and living in the society with music is the other phase.
He also works as a visual artist living with images and forms.
Bon-Baz (Rooz.Alireza.Peter) in Farsi means the opposite of the phrase “dead-end” in English. The ethos of this group cannot be described in a better way. Musically and culturally they are borderless, a mixture of rap, punk, and traditional melodies, they are not constrained by a single genre. They’re a blend of cultures from Iran and the Americas. Borderless, identityless, Bon-Baz shows us that all ways are open
Charseh (Jazz trio)(Iran) is an Iranian Jazz trio, formed in 2017 by Nima Najaﬁ, Aria Mousavi and Aidin Sadeghzadeh. The ﬁrst live performance of the band was at Sorna Jazz jam sessionas as the openning band in 2017. The band also played some jazz music in House No. 4`s Summer Jazz Festival. Moreover, Charseh Jazz Trio had couple of public performances in places such as the Embassy of the United Kingdom or the Australian Embassy in Tehran. The band is now working on its ﬁrst studio album to be released in the following months. https://www.picuki.com/profile/charsehjazzensemble
Cymin Samawatie is one of the most creative singers and composers based in Berlin, who has initiated celebrated ensembles of contemporary music.
She studied classical music in Hannover, focusing on percussion and piano, as well as jazz voice and composition in Berlin.
Her compositions combine various styles of music including chamber jazz, open improvisations, modern compositions, impressionism and minimalism. Her quartet Cyminology, founded in 2002 combines Persian poetry and chamber- esque contemporary music presenting poets such as Rumi, Hafiz, Khayyam and Forough Farrokhzaad.
Cymin Samawatie’s performance with Bobby McFerrin in 2003 was one of the highlights in her career. In 2008 she started collaborating with producer Manfred Eicher, founder of the ECM record label, where her last three albums have been released. In 2013 Cymin Samawatie founded the unique “Trickster Orchestra“ together with Ketan Bhatti.
Cymin Samawatie is a multifaceted artistic personality who creates new and daring elements adding to the bridges between Western and Middle Eastern music.
Since 2018 she is a scholarship holder of the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul.
Dadgar Mohajer Taleghani (Dadgar) was born on April 4th, 1983 in a family of musicians in Tehran. He was motivated by his father, Kaveh, a former singer and electric guitar player of a local rock band in Aachen, Germany in the 70s’. Dadgar, electric guitar player, singer and songwriter, started to work with early DAWs in 1999, recording his first tunes. Dadgar and his highschool friends formed a rock band, where he met Mita Maleki. Dadgar and Mita Maleki, the classmate of Yasser Bakhtiari (YAS), started their professional career together producing YAS’s first Hip-Hop songs in 2004, and later they collaborated in the production process of several Persian pop and hip-hop musical tracks. Dadgar, was also interested in electronic music, and techno became his favorite genre after rock. Dadgar is also the founder, the lead singer and the lead guitarist of the Glam Metal band “illuminiac”.
DEEV, “the better half” of Arman Paxad, the synth-obsessed, bass and beat aficionado of the band King Raam, is his overshadowing alter ego; The nonconforming explorer who creates for the sake of creation.
Having developed a distinct taste through a decade of writing and performing and over two decades of avid music listening, DEEV brings a finely sculpted blend of words and sounds to his sets, be it a DJ mix, an electro-ambient performance, or an outright vigorous sonic manifestation of his feelings and experiences through fabulism and dark electronica.
DEEV released his first single, REGENERATE this year; a three-track ambient illustration of how he views space, and is currently working on his first EP, MORON.
Duos Duet is a musical duo, formed by the cellist Golsana Shenasaei and the violinist Niki Yaghmaee, in 2016, Tehran.
They started performing as street musicians and following that, they performed in various gigs and events in Iran, Europe, Turkey and Georgia since 2017 onwards. Pieces from streets is the debut release by the musical duo, Duos Duet containing five tracks which originally conceived from improvisations, during street performance sessions of artists Niki Yaghmaee -violin- and Golsana Shenasaei -violoncelle- in 2017.
Farshad (aka tarxun) was born in 1992 in Tehran, Iran. He is an Architecture graduate with Sound Studies as his post-grad. His sonic works cover a spectrum of electronic/acoustic music, sound and new media. He is also very passionate about drawing, collage, visual arts and photography.
In Persian “Golnar” means the flower of Pomegranate. Here, it represents a journey or rather the emotional imprints of a woman who sees her music as the reflection of her changing identity and the coming together of many different worlds, just like the pomegranate grains all together in one body. Golnar Shahyar is a Viennese based vocalist/composer/performer/lyricist, who has already made a name for herself as the lead singer of her bands Sormeh, Choub, Gabbeh and Golnar & Mahan. She has been performing internationally for years in many renowned venues and festivals and has done many collaborations in the field of dance and theatre. “The hypnotic polyphonic weave of Golnar Shahyar’s voice, her guitar or piano, takes place so naturally as a floating story about the diversity of life, crossing her fondling fingers over your mind and heart.” (Danas Newspaper). Golnar’s musical signature is her ability to connect different music styles and cultures in such an organic way, that makes the complexity of her compositions and singing almost effortless. Her voice is powerful yet very subtle and covers a whole range of emotions. In her performances, she creates an atmosphere where authenticity, vulnerability and empathy are celebrated as strength. “I don t play to please” she says, “I play to be Honest”. She sings in many languages; Farsi, English, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Sephardic etc., and sometimes compromises actual language for her fantasy language to be more authentic. Being a true improvisor, she constantly breaks out of her comfort zone in her performances and seeks to make new musical dialogue. The core of her work is communication, personal expression and storytelling. In her solo act, GolNar, she accompanies herself on the guitar and writes and sings about human essence, emotions and social struggles. Her lyrics are simple yet deliberate and direct. They pass through personal experience, culture and gender identities and speak to the audience in an empathetic and unifying way.
Golnar ist eine Jahrtausendstimme. Die einzige Stimme, die mich, wenn ich sie live erlebe, je zu Tränen gerührt hat. In jedem einzelnen Ton, den sie singt, steckt eine unfassbare Magie.” – Mira Lu Kovacs
Hamed Habibpour: Born on June 1365 in Tehran. He began learning Santour from his father at age 6. In adolescence, he simultaneously learned to use the tombak to Bahman Rajabi.In 2004, he entered the University of Art in the field of Iranian music and graduated from the university. He continued his studies at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Tehran. During his studies, he learned from the teachings of such scholars as Sharif Lotfi, Majid Kiani, Dariush Talaei, Dariush Pirniakan, Reza Parvizzadeh and Amir Eslami. Composing for theater, short films, animation and the creation of several innovative instruments are among other activities of the artist. He has been collaborating with various music groups and artists including Mohammad Motamedi, Vahid Taj and Milad Derakhshani in her work. Habibpour has been teaching Santour, Tonbak and Daf since 2005.
Hossein RangChi (born 1984 – Dezful,Khozestan,Iran) started at 8 music with Ney instrument ; thus firstly listened to musical note by Ney . For some years he practiced the Radifs of Persian traditional music , and learned Ney Traditionally and experimentally. After some years, He started to learn Setar experimentally. “I was always, mostly influenced by regional and Maqami music.” However , He just played traditional and folk music about 15 years ; with Ney ,Setar, and further, Violin . As internet developed ,He find a way to world music. From Electronic music of 80s ,to Folk/Rock ,Blues and Jazz and etc. Influenced by Bob Dylan ,He started do play Acoustic guitar and Harmonica, of course with a background of Persian traditional and Folk music. in these years , he had experiences in Electronic music. In this field ,He is mostly influenced by John cage, Edgard vare’se and Peter christopherson. In the sometime ,He both doing Electronic and experimental music, and playing Folk/Rock music with his regional accent.
Humsa is a jazz fusion band founded in 2010 in Iran. We have locally performed on stellar scenes in Iran and we have some plans to perform on international scenes.
Our band has gone from a pure jazz to a more middle eastern jazz fusion sounding band.Our aim has been to introduce jazz and middle eastern music to a wider variety of audience. Moreover,we have shown where East and west can perfectly meet in harmony through music
Khashayar Heidari: Piano/synthesizer
Ali Gerami: Drums
Mojgan Hosseyni: Qanun
Pouya Assadian: Guitar
Kasra Saboktakin is one of Iran’s prominent musicians who has recorded and toured with a wide array of Iranian and international artists. He is the co-founder of “Barad”, who adeptly merged the essence of Iranian Folk with Rock music. Among his career highlights are collaborations with Anoushirvan Rohani, Mohsen Namjoo, Sara Naini, Milad Derakhshani, O-Hum, Dang Show, Pallet, 127, Shahrzad Sepanlou, Kaveh Yaghmaee, and many others.
Aside from performing on stage with other musicians, he is a composer writing scores for documentary movies.
Moreover, Kasra is recognized as a mentor for his years of educational contribution to Iranian younger bass players . He has more than 15 years of academic and private teaching experience. Many of his former students have achieved success among the Iranian, and international community.
Mahan Mirarab is an Iranian guitarist/composer based in Vienna, Austria. He has spent years learning about Persian music and the indigenous sound and cultures of the country such as Arabic, African, Turkish and Kurdish music, while refining his skills in Jazz music. Notabely using fretless guitar, he specializes in blending the oriental microtonal system with jazz. After moving to Europe in 2009, he has become an acclaimed musician in european music scene. He has participated in various projects in world and jazz music as a performer, as well as a composer/arranger for multiple film theater, and music bands. He has since produced four albums; Persian Side of Jazz, Choub, Sehrang, and the most recent one Derakht, from his trio Golnar & Mahan.
Classical and improvising musician,
Studying music at Tehran University of finearts
He have had concerts with aiso orchestra at vahdat hall
And other bands such as humsa, mahan mirarab trio, vineh, berenj, zeema
And recently with peter pirhosseinloo standard jazz band
Mahan Tabrizinia born in 1987 in Tehran, He is an Iranian artist based in Vienna, where he is currently studying Jazz Music.
He is a guitarist and an experimental-minimalist composer. He enjoys producing electronic, ambient, post-rock, down tempo, and experimental jazz.
He collaborated with many artists and Bands in the Tehran music and art scene.
In his upcoming performance, he will play some abstract music from his solo project, as well as his new project (City Life) The concept of City Life project takes inspiration from his nostalgic feelings and everyday moments.
Makan Ashgvari is an Iranian musician living and working in Tehran. His last album “To Trucks”, was published on March 2018 and performed in Tehran, Shiraz, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris and Milan. His performances at Acud Macht Neu Berlin, and Kampnagel Hamburg and Tadaex festival in Tehran was praised and appreciated.
“To Trucks” contains a great variety of materials. From his field recordings while traveling in Iran, to unique rythms and electronic sounds. He sings along his own version of classical Iranian poems and old songs.
Born in Iran in 1980, in Italy since 1993. He composes, writes and sings his original songs in Persian but also those translated and adapted from Italian and French authors. For some years he has directed the Anam Band Project, with which he performed live in Tehran and Rasht in 2018-2019 on various occasions. He has so far made an album, independently, entitled Volume 1, and another one coming soon in 2020 in collaboration with the Anam Band Project.
My name Is Marzieh Fouladi, my Artist Name is Mary. Although I was called Maral since childhood. I started music and singing since early stage of my life and then after high school and uni I became more serious about it. I worked with very good tutors in Tehran and very good Institutes. At age 23 I came to Vienna and started my studies in Vienna Conservatory. I studied 2 years of Jazz singing. I practiced with Bob stoloff method. My teacher Eva Maria Valenta is a Berkeley certificate holder from america but she is Austrian. After the conservatory I made my electronic music album , composed and sang all on me. The mastering was by peter pirhoseinlou. The second compilation and a few singles are also done by me. I have had different performances in Tehran with peter and other musicians. I love playing piano. At ths moment I live in the city of Baden near to Vienna and study German and French languages. Good news about me is that i want to start studying again. Thanks for reading about me.
Mehdi Behbudi (Sound Artist) (b. 1982) is a sound artist and performer based in Tehran. He started to work and experiment with computer music since 1999 and from 2007 put more concentration on live performances in different spaces; indoors or outdoors. He studied composition in Tehran conservatory of music and is self educated in mathematics, physics, and electronics. He not only made performances and installations but also worked on realization and performance of pieces by Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, John Cage, Nader Mashayekhi, Peter Ablinger, and Georg Nussbaumer. In last ten years he has participated in more than 100 sonic projects in different cities of Iran and also in Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, and United States. In 2012 he founded Radical Tehran events and worked as an artistic director in different events like Sound-Tehran-Music.
I his works he’s not only working on sound as an auditory phenomenon with different physical aspects but also works on social and moral aspects of sound as material for artistic creation.
Michael Schiefel is a jazz and experimental singer. He studied in Berlin University of the Arts and graduated in 1996 with a High Honours Diplom in vocal jazz and music education. He is currently a professor of jazz vocal in the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Music in Weimar, a position he has held since 2001.
The guitar player and composer, Mohammad Azmand, was born in 1987 in Tehran. He started Rock music learning when he was twelve years old. Some years later, thanks to Pouya Mahmoudi, he got familiar with Iranian regions music and did his best to comprehend and learn it. Meanwhile, through studying painting in an art school, he had the opportunity to gain a better perception of art. After graduation from the art school, he began learning Jazz music and in 2008, he won the first prize in the First National Jazz music competition which was held in Iranian Artists’ House. He has performed a number of concerts with several bands in and out of Iran and recently with his own Quartet he has been trying to find the common features of Iranian and Jazz music in order to bridge the gap between these two and come up with a unique tune.
Morti Azizzadeh is a singer and songwriter from Bushehr, started his artistic activities from his childhood as he has grown up in an arty and musical family.
His music is the combination of folk music of south of Iran and jazz music.
Morti has had many cooperation with other bands; and began early on to attract audiences’ interest last year by focusing on his personal project and solo performances.
Nader Mashayekhi (Persian: نادر مشایخی; born November 26, 1958 in Tehran) is a Persian composer. From 2006 to July 2007 he was conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. He is the son of Jamshid Mashayekhi.
Mashayekhi studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the tutelage of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati.
In the 1990s he was music director of the Austrian new music ensemble “Wien 2001”.
His works have been performed by Klangforum Wien (1992–95), Ensemble Work in Progress, Berlin (1993), Ensemble Zwischen Töne, Berlin (1997–2000), Savarian Symphony Orchestra (1997), Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna (1998), and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (1998–2000).
Founded in 2015, their musical style can be categorized as Progressive Rock, and is in the process of releasing their first album. current members are as follows:
Hamed Malek: Vocal, Flutes & Saxophone
Hossein Montazeri: Guitar
Gorgin Sharifi: Bass
Iman Takhmiri: Keyboards & Guitar
Mohammad Ghanbarpour: Keyboards
Aryan Rezaei: Drums
Nikzad Arabshahi (Audio/Visual)(Netherland-Iran) is a Den Haag (Netherlands)-based interdisciplinary artist, working in the fields of painting, generative art, and new media. Nikzad started his professional career in 2000 and so far has had several exhibitions of his works at Art Exhibitions, theater shows, and multimedia installations. http://www.nikzadarabshahi.com/
Obad (then named Aubade) was formed in summer of 2014, as a group of friends gathered to improvise a piece of music, which was performed that very night out on the streets of Tehran.
From that point onward some decided to continue playing and composing together, forming a band comprised of Electric Guitar (Siavash Karimi), Saxophone and Percussion (Hamidreza Keshvarpajouh), Rhythm Guitar (Sepehr Sharifi), Bass (Ali Azad), Drums (Masoud Keramat) and Didgeridoo (Saman Hosseini).
In a couple of months, the band was ready to play their first full length repertoire, and decided to perform in a Cafe for two consecutive nights with an audience of roughly 200 people to a very positive reception.
The potential was noticed by a music teaching institute named Hatra, who decided to support and promote the band, leading to the release of their first single, Caravan, in 2016. This was followed by a concert at Azadi Tower, which was well received by both critics and fellow artists. In 2016 and 2017 Obad played in an independent music festival named Days of Experimental Sounds (D.O.E.S.) curated by House no. 4, an independent Iranian musical organization.
As the band was preparing to record their debut album, differences in opinion and musical taste began to arise, resulting in a halt and consecutive hiatus and disbandment of the group.
In 2018, the lineup saw a drastic change, as two new members (Farid Farzianpour on Drums and Kiarash Radmehr on Bass) joined the band and Obad was revived with only four instruments in electric guitar, saxophone, bass and drums.
Composing was started immediately and during its initial year with the new lineup the band played at music festivals of Hatra music institute, House no. 4, TADAEX 2018, Winter JazzFest and Fajr among other smaller venues for a total number of 6 times.
In 2019 and in order to fund their recording, the band decided to play a repertoire of John Zorn in their own sound under the banner of Interplay; a series of performances, in which the music of influential musicians and composers from different eras and different styles are played. Interplay #1 was performed at various Cafes and Venues five times, and was received very well, as improvisation was the central idea, hence no two performances were the same.
Obad’s debut album has currently finished it’s recording process but the production is yet to be finalized, with hopes of a release date in the first half of 2020.
The music of Obad is a result of collective endeavor in composition, brainstorm on personal musical ideas and improvisation. Its musical form is directly influenced by each member’s musical notion and their lifelong experience in residing in a metropolis such as Tehran. The pieces tend to constantly remain undone, the same as their hometown, and its beauty and ugliness are intertwined through an order governing the chaos.
Influences and traces of jazz, fusion, progressive rock and minimal music can be heard throughout Obad’s music.
Pedram Falsafi is an Iranian-American guitarist, composer, and teacher. He was born in Tehran, Iran in 1978 and began playing the guitar at the age of seven. At 17 he entered the San Francisco Music Conservatory where he gained his undergraduate and master’s degrees in guitar performance and composition. He then became a private student of Professor Dusan Bogdanvic at the San Francisco Music Conservatory. He was later appointed Professor of Music at Tehran Art University.
Falsafi has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has composed music for guitar solo, duo, and ensemble (the duets were written for performance with his brother Babak.
Born on 1992 in Tehran, Pedram Sadegh-Beyki studied animation and VFX in Tehran Institute of Technology. After three years of studying animation and VFX, he became more interested in new media arts and started to learn and create generative artworks.
Pitheorem [pi:theorem] is the name of his ongoing algorithmic arts collection, where he explores the infinity within the circle and transcendental number “Pi” to illustrate the chaotic order beneath universe, nature, mind and spirit. His artworks are mostly inspired by Nature, Geometry and sacred arts, Symbology, Theology and Psychology.
OUROBOROS: Audio-Visual installation by Pitheorem and Tarxun
Ouroboros is an audio-visual installation resulting from a collaboration between the visual artist Pedram Sadegh-Beyki a.k.a “Pitheorem” and sound artist Farshad Xajeh-Nassiri a.k.a. “Tarxun”.
“Ouroboros” is an ancient symbol depicting an immortal serpent eating its own tail, constantly re-creating itself in a circle. It is symbolic of the cyclic nature of the universe where creation begins after destruction and life springs from death. It also represents the idea of primordial unity and the interdependence of chaos and order.
This mysterious image has been used among a wide range of ancient religions and mythologies to describe spiritual concepts such as the Kundalini energy in Indian traditions, Yin-Yang in Chinese Taoism, the primary living entity in Greek mythology, the self-created solar deity Atum in Ancient Egypt whom raised from the chaos-water with the appearance of the snake and many other concepts in different regions.
This artwork was presented at the Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition 2016 “TADAEX06” in Tehran, Iran. It has also been awarded an honorable mention in London International Creative Competition 2016.
Peter Brötzmann (born 6 March 1941) is a German artist, free jazz saxophonist, and clarinetist.
Brötzmann is among the most important European free jazz musicians. His rough timbre is easily recognized on his many recordings.
1968, the year of political turmoil in Europe, saw the release of Machine Gun, an octet recording often listed among the most notable free jazz albums.
Pouya Mahmoudi & Kasra Saboktakin are founding members of BARAD, a pioneering Iranian band that adeptly blended the musical essence of Iranian folk with Rock music. After a long hiatus, they are getting back together in Berlin, with special guest Amin Taheri on drums, to perform a few of their old compositions with new arrangements, as well as some new material that they have been recently working on.
Born in Germany, Ralf began to take organ lessons at the age of 10. At 17, he focused on guitar und played in various Blues, Rock and Alternative Bands.
In 1993, he started collaborating with Cymin Samawatie on different projects. He started playing double bass and electric bass in 1999 and one year later studied at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. Since 2003 he lives in Berlin and performs international wide with different ensembles.
Rayhan Ansari was born in 1988 in Tehran. Being the daughter of film music composer Saeed Ansari, she was introduced to music at a very young age and started writing songs of her own as early as 5 years old. Despite her undeniable passion for music, she went on to major in Plant Engineering, only to quit it three years in, hoping to find her true calling in life. She pursued several other interests such as cooking, translation and graphic design before eventually admitting that her ultimate career would be that of music after all. She is currently a member of Tehran Vocal Ensemble “Vocapella”. Mother of two, she is also working on her own jazz, folk and a cappella compositions in her limited time with a view to publishing them some time in the future.
She is 33 and was born in Khoram-Abad though she has been living in Gilan Province for the recent years.
Razieh was graduated from Honar University. She’s been experimenting visual-art through 2D and 3D softwares for eight years, and has been producing more professional short animations and video-art clips for the last three years.
During the past year, as a visual artist Razieh has been collaborating and performing with MoonHead band and Vahid Ghaderi.
Born in Iran and based in the UK since 1979, Roya Arab signed with Archive to Island records in 1996, after leaving she went on to record with various artists including Grooverider , Mike Figgis ,and Leila. Roya returned to writing and performing songs after a decade’s absence studying archaeology. Reunited with music, Its back to piano and guitar for writing songs ; in her performance in our festival she accompanied by Nick Haward on double bass and guest Hamid Navim on santour.
Saba Alizadeh born in Tehran, Iran is an unparalleled figure at the forefront of Persian music. Renowned internationally as an experimental music composer and master instrumentalist of Persian music (playing the Kamancheh).
He is the son of the world renowned Hossein Alizadeh and has toured worldwide for the past decade.
Saba’s musical career branches into two different paths.
One is Saba as a virtuoso on kamancheh ,a soloist and a collaborator.
The other is Saba as a musician in the experimental realm in which his pieces also tend to have a theatrical element to them.
“Alizadeh’s compositions evoke both the personal and the political through the use of mixed media, electroacoustic processing and improvisation. Alizadeh will be seen in the years to come as among Iran’s most forward thinking composers.
Shabnam Parvaresh was born in Tehran and started her musical career as a clarinetist playing in the Tehran Symphony Orchestra and the National Traditional Orchestra. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Painting while pursuing a career as an artist and musician in Tehran. In 2014, she moved to Germany where she continues her studies in Jazz Clarinet in Institute für Musik Osnabrück. In Germany she performed with Grammy Award Winner Kinan Azmeh at the morgenland Festival Osnbarück, in chamber morgenland Orchestra and Theater Osnabrück. she playes in different Ensembles and projects from jazz to experimental.
Shahram shojaee was born in 1977 in Tehran in a family which music had a bold role. His father and brother used to play the violin and the tombak respectively and he started to learn santour by master Sorour Amjadi as a 10 years old child. Simultaneously he attended a Tombak workshop taught by maaster Saeed Mirak and at the time his potential talent in percussion instruments was flourished and during the high school he began to learn and play the drums and the piano. After graduation from the university in 2 majors of accounting and music, he started his journey in jazz music. To set the ball rolling he founded the Jazzyre Band and had cooperation with so many musicians. “The concepts among stars” is his first personal album which so many consider it as a new season in Iran’s contemporary music. He personally call it a modern combination of Iranian folk music and western jazz music and believes:
“It is just music without any limitation and border”
Composer Shahrokh Khajenouri has been a dedicated composer of electronic music since the 1970s. More than two-thirds of his ouevre directly or indirectly involves electronic and computer music, often featuring the technologies that every decade has had to offer. His electronic sound world generally includes abstract representations of his native Iranian folk music using either processed recordings or combinations of these materials with live instrumental music.
Shahrokh Khajenouri’s curiosity about new musical possibilities motivated him to explore electronic music with Michael Groubert at the Morley College of London in the 1970s. At the time, he was a music composition student at the London Academy of music. Khajenouri’s experiments with musique concrète techniques and analog synthesizers, especially the VCS3, culminated in two major works: Three Movements for Concrète Electronic Music (1978) and Life and Death of VCS3 (1980).
After the Revolution, Khajenouri returned to Iran, but a lack of equipment led him to concentrate on acoustic composition. Fortunately, as computer music software became available, he was soon able to return to his electronic endeavors. A major work from this period, Dialogue for Flute and Electronic Music (1997) was the first in a series of works for acoustical instruments and computer music. It emerged out of a collaboration with virtuoso Iranian flutist, Dr. Azin Movahed. Soon after, in 2003, Khajenouri initiated a series of solo electronic music shows in Tehran, with different instruments, tape loops and computer controlled electronic sounds and live processing. These works were performed in the Niavaran hall in Tehran, a former ex-Shah residency, now officially a suitable concert hall. A 2005 residency at Bremen University of Music’s Neu Atelier für Musik computer music studios resulted in Voyage of Dena (2005) for eleven musicians and live electronics. The success of this work led to the commissioning of two works that were shown in 2007, Fracktuna for saxophone, piano, percussions, guitar and electronics, and Memorial, a sound installation, exhibited in Syke, Germany.
Soheil Shayesteh : Iranian violinist, composer and music producer. A quick look at his repertoire illustrates how this classically trained violinist found his way in modern jazz and classical contemporary music. He benefits from electronic sounds while using an acoustic violin to make unique and meditative soundscapes.
Sohrab Motabar (1984) is a composer from Tehran. With regards to states of suspension and dazzled motion his music resonates like a maze for the listener. He composes with algorithms, chaotic functions and non-standard synthesized sounds as a way to give rise to obscured dimensions and experimental modes of perceiving and listening. In 2018 he graduated from the Institute of Sonology. In addition, he also actively collaborates in select projects with artists from other disciplines.
Musician and performer/ born 1993 – tehran
Started learning guitar and singing in his teenage years. Had his first official experience in performing as a singer/ song writer/ and guitarist in 2015. He has performed both in solo and group performances. Both his own songs and according to the nature of the performance. He’s still practicing music, and he has a hand in theater.
Some of his performances:
House no4 music festival,
Karbast music festival,
BazShenid music festival,
The walkman project,
The Azma project(his own project)
The Gozar performanc(his own songs)
Taraneh Mousavi is an Iranian Cologne-based singer/songwriter who began her musical journey as an oboist at Tehran Music School, where she received six years of intensive classical music education, performing as an oboist in various orchestras and Ensembles. She then moved to Germany in 2013 to peruse her passion in Jazz and creative music.
Taraneh is now finishing her Degree in Jazz/Pop Vocals at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, where she studied and collaborated with some of Europe’s most diverse and accomplished musicians. Her cultural background alongside the impulses she has received in Europe have enabled her to create a musical cocktail unique to her own.
Taraneh’s texts play a ￼central role in her music; believing in the significance of language and words, to her, what one expresses as an artist is an essential component of any artistic/musical creation.
Taraneh has recently released two of her original tracks, “A Lullaby for the Clock” and “Khaaneh(Home)”, and is currently working on her debut album, which will be recorded this January.
He is 31 and was born in Bandar-Abas though he has been living in Gilan Province for the recent years.
Vahid was graduated from Honar University. His first music album “Exinter the Second World” was released online some years ago. He has also composed for some short films and video games including “Memoranda”.
In 2018, Vahid had two music performances at Heka Festival in Tehran, Da theater house and in Shiraz, Vakil Water Storage. And previously he had performed at House No.4 D.O.E.S festival in Rasht and a collaborative work with TADAEX.
Vedad FamourZadeh is qualified vibro-acoustic engineer from IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris) and Sharif University of Technology (Tehran), and he is also former PhD candidate at the UTS:Communication (University of Technology, Sydney). As sound artist, he is exploring the integration of sound art and electronic music with different soundscapes and diverse musical traditions of Iran. He is focused on rekindling intrigue for the details that define a place, on listening closely to minutiae of everyday sonic life in an urban world of crowded noises. This tension of a hybrid identity, recontextualizing sonic materials from their native tradition to a modernistic setting is at focus of his pieces, he tries to bring forth an immediate experience through which the audience re-examine their conception of music as well as their sonic environment. In his sound installations and sound sculptures, he concentrate on an embodied cognitive and immersive experience of sound through stimulating sensations of audience.
Whologram is a musical project by Hamed Hosseini, A singer-songwriter and producer from Tehran,Iran. Whologram Is mostly an experimental journey through sounds and frequencies which are made by either acoustic instruments or electronic devices and computers. Wholograms Genre varies from folk and world music to funk, rock and techno.